Exercise Program After Knee Surgery

To optimize your recovery and functional ability after knee surgery, it is essential that you perform key exercises to strengthen the muscles around your knee and lower extremity. These exercises are the foundation for restoring the strength and flexibility that will assist you in walking well and returning to an active lifestyle.

Perform each exercise 10 times, twice daily. Increase to a total of 3 sets of 10, twice a day.

Ankle Pumps

Pull your foot up toward you, then point your foot downward. Move through full range of motion.

Angle Pumps
Quadriceps Set

Tighten your muscles on the top of your thighs by pushing your knees downward. Hold for 5 seconds. The towel roll under your ankle will allow your knee to straighten.

Quadriceps Set
Gluteal Set

Squeeze your buttock muscles together tightly. Hold for 5 seconds.

Gluteal Set
Heel Slide

Slide heel toward buttocks to bend knee then slowly lower.

Heel Slide
Terminal Knee Extension

Place knee over a rolled towel. Lift your heal up by tightening the muscles on top of your thigh. Hold your knee as straight as possible for 5 seconds.

Terminal Knee Extension
Hip Abduction

While keeping your toes and knee pointed toward the ceiling, bring your leg slowly out to the side and return slowly to the midline.

Hip Abduction
Straight Leg Raise

Tighten the muscles on top of the tight, keep your knee as straight as possible and lift your entire leg so that your heel is about 8 inches from the surface. Hold for 5 seconds. Bend the opposite knee to protect your back. *If you had a total hip replacement on the affected side, do not perform this exercise.

Straight Leg Raise
Sitting Knee Extension

Gradually straighten out your knee while sitting up straight in a chair. Pull your foot toward you and hold for 5 seconds. Gradually lower your leg.

Sitting Knee Extension
We encourage you to practice these exercises prior to surgery. If you have increased pain, stop any exercise that causes discomfort.

Get Started

Once your surgery is scheduled, we'll contact you about Joints Matter. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or call Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7076 & press 2 to schedule an outpatient test.

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.