If you're recovering from knee surgery, there are exercises you can add to your rehab plan that can improve your flexibility and mobility. For over 45 years, Lexington Orthopaedic Associates, Kentucky's leading bone specialists, have been providing a wide variety of compassionate and dependable orthopaedic services to area residents. It's their goal to ensure that you heal from your procedure as quickly as possible.
Shortly after surgery, you'll start with some basic exercises. These help prevent blood clots, build leg strength, and increase range of motion. Remember to take deep, steady breaths as you exercise. Don't hold your breath.
- Quadriceps Sets: If you've recently had knee replacement surgery, then your quadriceps are important muscles to strengthen. While lying on your back with your legs outstretched, press the back of your knee into the bed and tighten the muscle on the front of your thigh. Hold for five seconds, then release and repeat with the other leg. You should feel the front of your thigh tighten each time you hold. Repeat 5 times each hour. Build up to 10 seconds per hold.
- Ankle Pumps: Ankle pumps help reduce swelling and prevent blood clots. While lying on your back with both legs extended, point then flex both feet slowly. Repeat 10 to 30 times each hour.
- Gluteal Sets: Gluteal sets strengthen muscles in the buttocks. Squeeze your buttocks together tightly to raise your hips slightly. Hold for 5 seconds. Release. Repeat 5 to 10 times each hour.
- Heel Slides: Heel slides increase range of motion and thigh muscle strength. Slide the heel of your operated leg up the bed toward your buttocks. Go until you feel a gentle stretch. Hold for 3 seconds. Slide your leg back down. Repeat 5 to 10 times an hour. Build up to 10 seconds per hold.
In just two to three days after surgery you'll be ready for more advanced exercises. Whether you're suffering from a chronic condition like arthritis or recovering from knee surgery, Kentucky's bone specialists can help. To schedule an appointment, call Lexington Orthopaedic Associates at (859) 277-5703 or visit their website.