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Exercises for after surgery

It is important that you do the exercises recommended by your physical therapist after your joint replacement.

Click each video for a demonstration of the exercise.

Video placeholderQuad Sets (with towel)

Quad Sets (with towel) Transcript is below

Lie on your back with your knees straight and your heels supported on a towel roll. Press the back of your knee down onto the bed by tightening the muscle on the front of your thigh.

Hold for five seconds, relax.

Repeat ten times.

Video placeholderStraight Leg Raising

Straight Leg Raising Transcript is below

Lie on your back with your non-operated knee bent, so your foot is flat on the bed. Tighten the muscle on the front of your thigh and straighten the knee fully on the operated side. Keeping your knee straight, lift the operated leg several inches off the surface of the bed.

Hold for 3 to 5 seconds and slowly lower the leg back down.

Repeat 10 times.

Video placeholderMini Squats

Mini Squats Transcript is below

While standing at your walker or other stable surface, slightly bend both knees to perform a partial squat. Do not squat fully. Try to straighten both of your knees fully after each repetition.

Repeat 10 times.

Video placeholderTerminal Knee Extension in Standing

Terminal Knee Extension in Standing Transcript is below

Using the therapy band supplied by your therapist, strap the band just below your knee and around the walker as shown. Starting with knee slightly bent, straighten your knee fully.

Repeat 10 times.