TKR Rehabilitation

Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery is often followed by a rehabilitation program that includes exercises aimed at restoring knee mobility, strength, and function while also reducing pain and swelling. Here are some post-operative exercises commonly prescribed after TKR:

  1. Quadriceps sets: Sit with your leg extended and tighten the thigh muscles by pushing the back of your knee into the bed or floor. Hold for a few seconds, then relax. Repeat several times.
  2. Straight leg raises: Lie on your back with your surgical leg straight and the other leg bent. Tighten the thigh muscles of the surgical leg and lift it off the bed a few inches. Hold for a few seconds, then lower it slowly. Start with a few repetitions and gradually increase.
  3. Heel slides: Lie on your back with both legs bent. Slide the surgical leg heel along the bed toward your buttocks, then slide it back down. Repeat several times, focusing on increasing the range of motion.
  4. Ankle pumps: Sit or lie down and move your foot up and down at the ankle joint. This helps improve circulation and prevents blood clots.
  5. Short arc quadriceps: Lie on your back with a rolled towel or a small bolster under your knee. Straighten your knee by lifting your foot toward the ceiling while keeping the thigh resting on the towel. Hold briefly, then lower your foot back down.
  6. Stationary bike: Once cleared by your surgeon, gentle cycling on a stationary bike can help improve knee mobility and strength.
  7. Leg press: When instructed by your physical therapist, you may begin using a leg press machine with light resistance to gradually strengthen the muscles around your knee.
  8. Step-ups: Using a stable step or platform, step up with your surgical leg and then step back down. Use a railing or wall for support if needed.
  9. Walking: Gradually increase the distance and frequency of your walks as tolerated. Start with short walks using an assistive device (such as a walker or cane) if needed.

It's important to follow your surgeon and physical therapist's guidance regarding the timing and progression of these exercises, as they may vary depending on individual factors such as the extent of surgery, pre-existing conditions, and overall health status. Additionally, it's crucial to listen to your body and avoid exercises that cause excessive pain or discomfort.

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