A knee replacement is, although a very common operation in the world of orthopaedic medicine, a big decision and a major operation. Once you have decided to go ahead with the replacement be it partial or total, trying to maintain muscle strength in your quadriceps (thigh muscles) with some basic exercises can not only help to maintain strength required following the surgery, but also allows you to become accustom to the exercises that will make up your initial rehabilitation post surgery.
Top 3 quadriceps exercises to try pre or post-op:
With your leg straight and flat on the bed/floor, tense your quadriceps/thigh muscles, drawing your knee cap up and pushing your knee into the bed/floor – Hold for 10 seconds and then relax. Repeat this action 8-12 times (3 times a day).
Straight Leg Raise
Using your quadriceps to keep your knee straight by thinking about pulling your knee cap up. Keep your knee straight whilst lifting from the bed or floor. Lift it about 12inches off the bed, then hold at this position for 5 seconds, tensing through your quads. Repeat this action 8-12 times (3 times a day).
With a rolled towel behind your knee, keep the back of your leg against the towel and lift your foot off the bed/floor to straighten your leg. Hold the top position for 5 seconds, tensing through your quads. Repeat this action 8-12 times (3 times a day).
Having previously worked for years in the Orthopaedic team at the Spire, Jenny has vast experience in dealing with patients pre and post-op.
If you are struggling with arthritic pains, waiting for surgery or have just had a knee replacement then Physiotherapy with Jenny could be essential in your recovery!
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