Bicycle Knee Rehabilitation
After a knee replacement, achieving amazing physical health and condition needs to be a priority; this is not something that you can take all that lightly. You won’t believe the amount of pain, discomfort and frustrations people go through before the time is right for their knee replacement surgery. Exercises after a knee replacement surgery are obviously limited and sometimes even specialised, so there are certain factors that you should be mindful of.
The degree of motion that you should target should at least be 110-120. In most cases, people will settle for a number far below 110 or 120. For the most effective enhancement of knee movement, you need to exercise the muscles flexing and extending the knee. The thigh muscles or quadriceps and hamstrings are the main muscles that need to be exercised under your scheduled physical therapy.
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A common exercise would be to sit on a chair with your back straight, then use one leg to help out the operated leg, extend the operated leg back and hold it for a good five to ten seconds. Of course there are more exercises aside from that which can help enhance the knee’s mobility. The bottom line is to develop a fully functional knee in order to do all the activities that you did before without hindrance.
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The Exercise Equipment
People who need to undergo physical rehabilitation because of knee replacement generally choose between a treadmill and stationary bike, as you might already guess these equipment can improve a person’s fitness too. Though either of them can do miracles when it comes to gaining better knee mobility the bicycle is the easier option. During the first few sessions, a 5-10 minute exercise on any of the equipment should suffice, then slowly increase the time until you’re able to go at 30-45 minutes a session. Another exercise machine that’s also highly recommended by doctors is the leg extension machine.
Simple Weight Training
Weight lifting exercises are highly recommended for people recovering from a surgery, especially if they need to improve muscles and physical fitness in general. Stronger muscles throughout the body means that you’ll be able to do tasks easier and you’ll burn more calories along the way. It’s no surprise to see people who got a replacement avoid any kind of weight lifting exercise, but what they might not know is that weightlifting helps strengthen the muscles supporting the knee replacement; this paves the way for better functioning prosthesis, thus activities are not as difficult like before.