Exercises Before Knee Replacement: Help with Walker or Crutch Use

Doing exercises before your knee replacement can help speed your recovery. These exercises build upper body strength. This can help you when you’re using a walker or crutches to get around after surgery. Your physical therapist (PT) or surgeon may advise you to use weights to make the exercises more effective. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

 

 

Stop any exercise that causes sharp or increased knee pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, or chest pain.

 

 

Bicep curls

Seated woman doing biceps curls with hand weight.

  • Sit up straight. Keep your elbow close to your body and your wrist straight.

  • Bend your arm, moving your hand up to your shoulder, then lower slowly.

  • Do a set with each arm.

 

 

 

Tricep curls

Seated woman doing triceps curls with hand weight.

  • Sit, leaning forward from the waist.

  • Bend your elbow so that your forearm is parallel to the floor. Then straighten your elbow as you extend your arm behind you.

  • Do a set with each arm.

 

 

Seated press-ups

Woman doing seated press-ups in chair.

  • Sit in a sturdy chair with armrests.

  • With palms flat on the armrests, press down to lift your buttocks from the chair. Hold for 3 to 5 seconds.

  • Bend your elbows to slowly ease back down.



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