I am a professional strength coach and not a doctor or physical therapist. The things I say here are my own opinion and should not substitute (and is not meant as a substitute) for what your health care person is telling you.
This is a no nonsense book of exercise suggestions the author used to get a full range of motion back into his right knee after the knee was replaced. These were tested and found valuable movements and techniques that worked. He now has full extension to zero degrees and a flexion of 143 to 145 degrees; both numbers are equal to the left knee.
There will be no lengthy explanations about the muscles, ligaments or tendon attachments or the theory of exercise. This is a flat out, get it done book, that will help you get back to normal as safely and quickly as reasonably possible. It all depends on your level of dedication to getting better.
By following the suggestions in this manual, you can regain the lost range of motion (ROM) that you have lost due to the subsequent, inevitable tightening of tissues that surround this joint because of the surgery. These exercises are not hard to follow but they do take conscious diligence and strong perseverance on your part.
I can show you what exercises worked for me to get my ROM, endurance and strength back, but it is up to you to schedule the time to do them into your appointment book and then get with it if you expect any chance of successfully regaining your range of motion.
The short-range goal is equal range of motion when compared side to side with the non-artificial knee. The ultimate goal is full pain free use of the knee at nearly the same level as before the surgery.
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Published March 29, 2011
Health, Fitness & Dieting.