Phase II – Motion Phase (Day 3 – Week 3) Progression to OUTPATIENT PT
Knee Replacement – By now you are starting to feel like you can get around your house and may have had some in-home physical therapy. Your knee most likely still hurts and you have made some progress with your knee flexion and extension, but you still have a bit more to go. You may have progressed to using a cane for in-home walking and stairs, but think about bringing your walker for walking longer distances outside.
BASIC Home Exercise Program (Complete 3-4 times per day, approx. 10-15min) – knee replacement
– Walk 1x/hour (Make a loop on your first floor and aim to complete 2-3 times per hour)
– Heel slide
– Assisted Heel Slide
– Quad Set with towel
– Straight leg raises (SLR)
Progressive Home Exercise Program (Complete 10 reps 1x/day near countertop for safety)
Complete these exercise with assistance from a family member for safety reasons
– Standing Hip ABD
– Standing Hip EXT
– Standing Heel Raises
– Standing Toe Raises
– Standing Marching
– Standing Knee Flexion
– Stairs 1x/day
– Sit to stand
– Sidestepping at Counter
– Seated Heel Slides
– Seated Knee Extension
– Seated Marching
Walk at least 800-1000 feet or around the block with an assistive device and wean off the assistive device as tolerated. (If limping occurs, use a cane to assist, opposite of the surgical leg.
Check out our Total Knee Replacement Part 4 blog that will help you as you progress into the next phase of rehab.
Check out our Total Knee Replacement Part 2 blog that will help you as you progress into the next phase of rehab.
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. Always reach out to your medical provider with questions and if you are worried at all about an infection, go to Immediate Care.