knee reconstruction exercises. phase 2. exercises 1,2,3…

 

I have uploaded “knee rehab” phase 2, exercises 1-3.   All exercises should be done 2-3 times per day for 10 – 15 reps.  The aim of this phase is increase quad strength, gain maximal extension and start gentle flexion and increased knee range of motion.

 

Phase two of Luke’s knee recon.  Aim is to increase Range of motion, with a focus still on extension (straightening the leg).  Luke can do these 2 – 3 times per day x 10 – 15 reps.

 

Luke has started weight bearing.  This is his first attempt at weight bearing.  I have decided on 20% load for the next week or so, we will gradual increase this.  So for example, if you weigh 100kg, 80kg will be on the scales under your good leg, and 20kg force will be used for the knee that is post op..

 

This is exercise 3/3 and with the aim of building quad strength.  We have added resistance by use of theraband.  This will add load to both planes of motion, up and down (concentric and eccentric phases).  Ensure you control the movement up and down.  You can do this 2 – 3 times per day for 10 – 15 reps.

 



Knee Reconstruction exercises 1,2 and 3

Luke had his knee recon one week ago.  These are his 3 initial exercises.  The focus is on the quads and not his hamstrings.  Our initial aim is quad strength, range of motion (movement) and leg extension.  These basic exercises can be done even if you haven’t had a knee recon but simply have dickey worn out knees.

 

 

 



Knee reconstruction scar

This is what happens when you have a major knee op!!!  This is actually a great scar.  Luke’s surgeon did a great job…



Knee Reconstruction Post Operative Rehabilitation

 

Luke presented a couple of months ago after a workplace injury.  He managed to rupture is PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), LCL (lateral collateral ligament) and MCL (medial collateral ligament).  3 out of the 4 major ligaments in the knee.  Luke attended rehabilitation for about 8 weeks before his surgery.

Luke was back within 36hours after his surgery to start rehab!  I will keep an up to date log of exercises and progresses for Luke.  So keep your eye on space to see Luke’s progress.  And please feel free to share it as you never know who it could help….