Postoperative knee recovery with physiotherapy
Dr Ankita Bhatia
Tilakwadi, Belagavi Mar 24, 2018
After knee replacement surgeries, it is important to help you knee restore its strength and mobility to ensure you are back on your feet and resume everyday activities. For full recovery, your orthopedic/surgeon will recommend you exercise for at least 30 minutes every day and physiotherapy is the best way to achieve this.
Physiotherapy for recovery after knee surgery has proven to be very effective as it heals the area, reduces pain and restores mobility, all of this without causing any strain or damage to the operated area when performed by a certified therapist. Here are some simple exercises you can try to facilitate healing.
A simple exercise to begin with, sit up with your legs stretched out. Now, slowly tighten your thigh muscles and try to straighten out your knee. Try this as far as possible, holding in the position for at least 10 seconds.
- Leg raise
You can try this while sitting down or lying on the bed. Extend your legs out and tighten your thigh muscles such that your knees are fully straightened. Now, gently lift one leg a couple of inches off the ground and hold it in the air for a few seconds before you lower it. Repeat the same with the other leg.
A very effective exercise as it works like a very gentle stretch on the knees and legs. Sit up or lie down with your legs stretched out in front of you. Now, slowly move your foot up and down such that you are alternatively pulling and relaxing your muscles.
- Knee bends
When you are lying on your bed, stretch your legs out in front of you. Now, gently lift one leg such that the knee is bent and it rests on the foot. Slowly move the foot towards your buttocks without it lifting of the floor, keeping the knee in maximum bending position. Hold for a couple of seconds before lowering it back down, then repeat with the other knee.
Once you get better and the doctor suggests, you can slowly begin to start walk with the help of crutches or walkers. Gradually, you can exercise you knee by climbing and descending a flight of stairs with the help of crutches. It is important to start any form of exercising only after consulting your doctor.