Total Knee Replacement – Weeks 2-4
Total Knee Replacement Weeks 2-4
The first 2 weeks of rehab after having a Total Knee Replacement emphasises on pain management, correct walking pattern and improving knee movement. Hopefully at this stage the artificial joint has started to feel less alien to you and become more and more part of your body. You should be able to move around more freely while experiencing reduced pain. You’re likely to rely less and less on your crutches, at this point moving down to 1 crutch should be happening. Bathing and dressing should be easier, and you may be able to go outside for longer walks. The home exercise programme has become part of your daily routine. You will require fewer and less powerful pain medication.
So now, you can really push on with your knee rehab, especially with the movement and the often neglected hamstring muscles. Check out our video here looking at two key exercises. The first one is the ‘bridge’. Try 2 x 10, working up to 3 x 15 – this is a great way to build up your hamstring and glute power, while also improving your overall core stability.
The second exercise here focuses on using a belt to increase your knee bending movement. The first two weeks have a huge emphasis on the straightening movement, here we encourage patients to also look at the bending, with the aid of a belt. 3 x 10 is sufficient here.
If you’ve had a total knee replacement and are struggling with any aspect of it, and if you would like to book an appointment please contact us today.
Yours in Health
The Lawlor Clinic: Portlaoise
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