Doing exercises daily after your joint replacement surgery will allow you to come to your normal life quickly and easily. At first, you may feel uncomfortable while doing these exercises, as they will initially create some pain. However, understanding that these exercises are designed to accelerate your recovery as well as to reduce your postoperative pain, you will feel more interested in doing them. It is also vital to know that you should increase your outside activities gradually during the initial few weeks after the surgery. If you are excessively active, your knee may become more painful and swollen.
Exercises will not only aid you to make your muscles stronger and improve the movement of your knee. They will prevent unnecessary blot clots, as well. Here are some easy and effective exercises that will help boost the circulation of blood to your legs and feet.
These exercises are designed to make your thigh muscle tighter. Try to make your knee straight and hold it for 10 seconds.
- Straight leg lifts:
Make your thigh muscle tighter with your fully straightened knee on the bed. Raise your leg some inches and remain in the position for 10 seconds, and then move your legs down slowly.
- Ankle Pumps
This exercise involves moving your foot up and down steadily by contracting your shin and calf muscles. Do this exercise for 3 minutes, twice or thrice an hour.
- Knee flattening
Make your thigh tighter by placing a small rolled towel above your heel. Try to straighten your knee fully touch its back part to the bed. Remain in this position for 10 seconds.
- Knee Bends
You can do this exercise on your bed by sliding your foot toward your buttocks, bowing your knee and keeping the heel on the bed. Keep your knee in the bending position for 5 seconds and then make it straight.
You can do this post-surgery exercise by sitting on a chair, as well. With the support of your thigh, you can now keep your foot at the back the heel of your activated knee to get the required support. Now, you bend your knee slowly as far as possible and maintain the position for 10 seconds.
It is better to start the exercises as quickly as you can after your joint replacement surgery. You can also start them in the recovery room soon after your surgery. Although they may cause slight pain in the beginning, it will make you feel comfortable when you do them regularly.