When you leave the hospital after your knee surgery, there are many things you should keep in mind about your safety and fast knee recovery. Your therapist or surgeon will suggest some exercises that will make your knee muscles strong and boost joint strength. Exercise will help you to get a fast recovery. Below are some exercises that your physical therapist will suggest to you according to your condition. Before doing any of these exercises you must talk to your therapist first.

When will I start exercising after knee surgery? It depends on your physical condition and which type of surgery you had. Your doctor may suggest you an exercise program after a week or more. You have to rest about a week to get back your energy.

Initial exercises

These exercises will help to maintain blood circulation in the feet and legs, and also prevent blood clotting. It also improves your knee movement. In starting you may feel pain and discomfort but exercise will help you to get fast recovery and decrease your pain and discomforts in the long run.

Quadriceps sets

In this exercise, you have to tighten your thigh muscles and then try to straighten your knee. Hold this position for about 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat this 10 times with a break of a minute in between and rest and repeat until your thigh feels tired.

Straight leg raises

In this exercise, you have to lay down on the bed and tighten your thigh muscles and keep your knees full straight on the bed. Now lift your leg a couple of inches. Hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds then lower your legs. Repeat until you feel tired. You can also do this exercise while sitting.

Intermediate exercises

After doing some initial exercises you will get back your knee muscle strength. When you feel better your therapist will suggest you walk slowly. Walking is also very beneficial for fast knee recovery. Initially, you have to walk with a walker or crutches. Start walking slowly and don’t be in a hurry. Slowly put your weight on your leg. Take small steps. When you can walk and stand for about 10 minutes or more it means that your knee gets enough strength. Now you don’t need any walkers and crutches.

Partial squat, with chair

For this exercise, you need a sturdy chair or counter. First, you have to hold the chair or counter and keep your back straight; now bend your knees slowly but not more than 90 degrees. Hold this position for about 5 to 10 seconds and then come back to the normal position. Repeat it 10 times.

Quadriceps stretch, standing

In this exercise, you have to stand with your operated knee bent, slowly push your heel towards the buttocks, and hold this for 5 seconds. Repeat it 10 times.

Advanced exercises

When you maintain your balance for short distances and steps you should have to add more activities to your routine. Here is some more exercise that will help you to fully recover.

Assisted Knee Bends

In this exercise, you have to lay straight and place a folded towel on your operated knee. Now bend your leg and pull the towel toward the upside. Keep this position for at least 5 to 10 seconds.

Stair Climbing 

Stair climbing gives flexibility and strength. In starting you need a handrail for support. Always start climbing stairs with your normal knee and downstairs with your operated knee.

All the above exercises are very helpful to get back your knee strength. But after doing any of these exercises if you feel any discomfort or any other problem, stop it immediately and talk to your physical therapist. It is important that after every exercise you should elevate your legs to reduce any swelling.