This is a follow-up video to "Post-Op Knee Recovery II #412. At this point, you are likely done with physical therapy and working to return to a higher level of function. Remember that regaining your range of motion and strength after total knee replacement or hip surgery is critical to regaining your ability to do the things that are important to you. Exercising has multiple benefits including: reducing stiffness, maintaining flexibility, improving muscle strength, and preventing blood clots.
These exercises are designed to progress you into dealing with external loads and resistance challenges without placing too much stress on the knee joint. Always check with your doctor for your particular case. You will need a stability ball for progressive resistance and support, dumbbells for increased challenge, and a thigh band for hip exercises to support the knee.
I will be domonstrating some exercises with the ball in an isometric nature, as well as standing motions to progress the exercises from "Post Op Knee Recovery II". We will be progressing multi-joint exercises such as the squats and lunges with dumbbells. It is important to learn to observe your limitations and not push too hard. You may need a larger ball in seated positions to allow for knee mobility.
This therapeutic routine can also be helpful for chronic hip pain and instability. I am taking a full body approach, with foot, ankle, knee, hip and spinal related exercises. Enjoy lots of modifications to make the exercises work for you.
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