Pre-Op Exercises For Knee And Hip Surgery

Knee pain

Replacing a knee or hip definitely falls under major surgery, but with the right preparation and care, your chances of a successful operation increase. That’s why in the event of a planned replacement surgery, it’s recommended to begin a pre-operative exercise program. Such programs help strengthen the soon-to-be-affected area and promote flexibility.

Heel Slides

To complete a heel slide exercise, do the following:

  • Lie on your back with your knees and toes pointed toward the ceiling.
  • Gradually bend your leg while keeping your foot on the bed.
  • Bend your leg towards your body as far as comfortable and hold it there for 5 seconds.
  • Gradually straighten your leg until your knee is flat against the bed.
  • Perform this exercise 2-3 times per day for 10 repetitions each leg.

Quad Sets

To complete a quad set exercise, do the following:

  • Lie with your back supported and your knee straight. Place a folded towel under your knee.
  • With your knee straight and toes pointed toward the ceiling, tighten the muscle of your thigh (this will cause your leg to straighten further).
  • Hold this position for 5 seconds then relax.
  • Perform this exercise 2-3 times per day for 10 repetitions each leg.

Glute Sets

To complete a glute sets exercise, do the following:

  • While lying on your back, squeeze your buttock muscles together as tight as tolerable.
  • Hold this position for 5 seconds then relax.
  • Perform this exercise 2-3 times per day for 10 repetitions.

Long Arc Quads

To complete a long arc quad exercise, do the following:

  • Sit on a chair or the side of your bed.
  • With both knees bent, gradually straighten 1 leg at a time.
  • With your leg straight, tighten the muscles of your thigh.
  • Hold this position for 5 seconds then relax.
  • Lower leg back down and repeat exercise with your opposite leg.
  • Perform this exercise 2-3 times per day for 10 repetitions each leg.

Conclusion

Should you experience any inordinate amount of pain or discomfort while completing these exercises, discontinue the exercises and inform your physician and/or physical therapist. The goal of a pre-operative knee or hip exercise program is to strengthen the area and encourage healing, not exacerbate the area! If you would like to know more, contact your primary care doctor today to discuss your local care options.