Help Your Knees Recover from Surgery with Exercise

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Pains and aches gradually start appearing as our bodies age. In order to combat those pains, people often seek a form of relief. Within the United States, many people undergo knee surgery to reduce the discomfort caused by their bad knee(s). The problem with knee surgery is that a lot of people do not know what to do after the surgery. Elmhurst Extended Care Center is a nursing home skilled in a variety of services, and they have noticed how people struggle post-surgery. As a result, EECC wrote a blog suggesting 4 knee exercises to help recovering patients

Straight Leg Raise 

To perform straight leg raises, you will need a flat surface to lay down on. A carpet or bed would be some soft surfaces that EECC recommends laying on. Once you chose your location, gradually lower yourself onto the ground. Place your back flat on the surface and relax.  

When you are ready, you will bend your leg with your non-operated knee. After propping your leg up, you want to keep your recovering knee straight. While keeping your knee straight, slowly lift it up. Keep your leg in the air for 5 seconds and then gently lower it back down. 

Heel Slides 

Like the straight leg raise, you will need to pick a comfortable surface to lay on. Lower yourself smoothly onto the ground and take a deep breath. You will need to keep your non-operated knee straight during this exercise. EECC suggest putting a pillow under your leg to keep it straight.  

To start off you will need to slowly move your leg associated with your operated knee towards you. Slide your foot underneath your leg and keep sliding as far as you can. Once you think your knee has reached its limit, hold that position for 5 seconds. Then relax your knee and let your leg straighten out.  

Standing Knee Flexion 

EECC says that you will need support to lean on when performing the standing knee flexion. You can use a heavy chair, a countertop, or a walker. After finding your support object, you will need to get a solid grip on it with your hands and face it while standing.  

In the beginning, you want to keep both feet firmly on the ground. When you are ready, you will gently bend your recovering knee. Raise the leg connected with your operated knee and move your foot upwards behind you. Bend your knee and raise your foot as far as you can. Then lower your foot back to the ground and relax.  

Sitting Knee Extension 

The sitting knee extension requires a chair. After finding some ground that is even and smooth, place your chair on top of it. Make sure your chair does not move, it should be sturdy. If you think your chair is fine, then take a seat. 

First, you need your feet to touch the ground. Additionally, you will need to sit up straight while also bending your knees slightly at the edge of the seat. After positioning yourself, all you must do is take your operated knee and straighten It. Hold your knee up straight for 5 seconds and then gradually place it on the ground again. 

These exercises should be performed 10 times and 2-3 times a day. If you would like more advice on recovering after a surgery, contact EECC to take advantage of their skilled physical rehabilitation program.