Conservative Treatments, Exercises & Rehab

Rehab and physical therapy for knee pain


Your orthopedic surgeon may decide to treat your knee discomfort non-operatively. There are many options including medications, such as anti-inflammatory medications like Aleve (Naproxen Sodium) or Advil (Ibuprofen)


You may also utilize icing techniques and exercises. There is the option of trying the exercises on your own. Here is a list of several exercises that can be explained in further detail. Please speak with your provider prior to beginning any of these exercises.  Note: These exercises are not designed to substitute for a post operative therapy protocol.  If you are having surgery, make sure you clarify your surgery protocol with your surgeon.


Knee Exercises

Quad Set   (en Español)

Straight Leg Raise   (en Español)

Knee flexion   (en Español)

Knee arthroscopy exercise guide    AAOS    Ejercicios después de artroscópica

Total knee replacement exercise guide   AAOS   Ejercicio después de reemplazo de rodilla


More advanced strengthening

Leg Press  (en Español)

Lunges   (en Español)

Step ups   (en Español)


For a PDF handout of recommended exercises: Click here


Click here for a Knee Conditioning Program designed by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


There is also an option of formal therapy with a physical or occupational therapist. Your provider will be able to order this therapy for you and our office will help you find a convenient location.


If pain persists, another option may be a cortisone injection.