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Total Knee Replacement Post-Op Exercises

Physical therapy after a total knee replacement is important for a speedy and full recovery. A physical therapy program includes specific exercises to help regain your range of motion and strength to help you return to your everyday daily activities. Your physical therapist will prescribe you exercises during your appointment but it is important to continue the exercises as instructed at home if needed.


The following exercises help strengthen your muscles and improve knee movement. Active assisted knee extension and flexion should be done under the supervision and advice of your physical therapist. 


Leg Raises

  1. Lie on your back with your non-surgical leg bent. 
  2. Tighten your knee on the recovering leg and slowly lift your leg to the level of the bent knee.
  3. Keep your back flat on the surface.
  4. Hold for 5 seconds, relax & repeat.

Ankle Pumps

  1. Lie on your back.
  2. Gently point and pull the ankle of your recovering leg by pumping your foot up and down.
  3. Repeat 10 times (1 set).

Heel Slides

  1. Lie on your back. 
  2. Bend your recovering knee by sliding your heel toward your buttocks.
  3. Repeat 10 times (1 set).

*You may be instructed to pull on a bed sheet hooked around your foot to help you slide your heel.*

Quad squeezes

  1. Lie on your back with your recovering leg extended and your healthy leg bent at the knee.
  2. Roll up a towel and place it under your new knee
  3. Gently press the knee down into the towel roll
  4. Hold for 5 seconds, relax & repeat.


*Contracting and releasing the muscle encourages blood flow and gets muscle fibers working.*


At Reddy Care Physical, Occupational & Aquatic Therapy, our patients receive a 4 phase approach to their plan of care to help improve their symptoms and restore their mobility. Physical therapists perform a thorough and detailed assessment to determine the quality of the pain, movements, and overall mobility levels after which therapeutic interventions are established to help achieve functional goals and improve mobility.

Phase 1: Pain Relief (Week 1 to 2)

Phase 2: Improving mobility and flexibility (Week 2 to 3)

Phase 3: Improving strength, stability & coordination (Week 3 to 4)

Phase 4: Functional endurance & aerobic conditioning (Week 4 to 5)

If you or a loved one feel you may benefit from total knee replacement post-op exercises, call our office today to learn more and schedule an appointment.


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Written by:

Dr. Vinod Somareddy, PT, DPT


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