5 Recovery Activities For Knee Surgery

 

If you’ve had any knee injuries as a result of sports, a slip, or an accident, you might want to consider surgery to fix the condition. What about the recovery, though?

The rehabilitation process after knee surgery is lengthy, and for the first several months, you’ll be more concerned with restoring strength, flexibility, and stability in your knee than with anything else. However, most people’s brains are preoccupied with the idea of returning to normal activities, particularly exercise and physical hobbies.

A physiotherapist will lead you through rehabilitative exercises after you’ve had replacement knee surgery, and they’ll be able to tell you when it’s safe for you to do more rigorous physical activities. Contact sports are prohibited, as are high-impact activities like running.

However, if you’ve fully recovered from your knee surgery, there are some physical activities that you can engage in.

Before indulging in physical activities or sports, always seek guidance from your physiotherapist or consultant. Every person’s rehabilitation path is unique, and your healthcare providers will be aware of your specific clinical requirements.

 

1. GO TO THE POOL.

Swimming is an excellent type of exercise because it is low-impact and strengthens the legs. After your stitches have been removed, you can return to the pool and begin some gentle exercises with the assistance of the water. On the recommendation of your physiotherapist, you can normally resume swimming three months after your knee replacement surgery. Always use caution when using the breast stroke, and only do so if there is no pain. Take things cautiously and progressively increase your lengths.

 

2. GET ON THE PEDAL.

Cycling is another low-impact sport that is ideal following knee replacement surgery. Because it utilises all of the muscles in the legs and moves the knee through a full range of motion, an exercise bike is frequently used as part of your physiotherapy in the later stages of recovery. Take it slow and easy at first, starting with a low resistance setting on an exercise bike and gradually increasing resistance and duration. Wait until your knee is strong enough to cycle on the road.

 

3. GET UP AND WALK IT OFF.

Following your knee surgery, you’ll be advised to walk as soon as possible, usually the same day and certainly the next day. It will be challenging, and you may need to use a walking assistance at first, but it is critical to keep the knee moving. Walking on a daily basis will be part of your rehabilitation regimen, and it’s critical to increase the length of your walks to fully strengthen your knee.

 

4. GET UP AND MOVE.

Dancing is a great way to get some exercise, but make sure you choose a mild form. Traditional dance techniques are good, but energetic freestyle forms might cause undue tension on the knees.

 

5. PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF.

Golf is definitely safe to play after total knee replacement, but always check with your doctor to be sure your knee is fully recovered. After you’ve gotten the all-clear, head to the driving range for a few sessions and then play a 9-hole game to see how you do. Walking around the course will keep your knees moving.
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