The top 4 exercises you need to know before and after your surgery.
1. QUAD SETS
Tighten front thigh muscle (quadriceps) by trying to push the back of the knee to the floor. Repeat 25 times 3 times per day.
2. STRAIGHT LEG RAISES
Tighten your thigh muscle and lift your leg 8-12 inches. Hold 4-6 seconds. Slowly lower your leg. Repeat 10 times 3 times per day.
3. HEEL SLIDES
Go ahead and BEND your knee, it will get stiff if you keep it straight all the time. You may do heel slides, or sit in a chair and let your knee bend. Do this 15 times 3 times per day.
4. KNEE EXTENSION
Push your knee gently to the floor and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times 3 times per day.
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.