Nothing makes patients dissatisfied with the outcome of their knee surgery quite like the failure to regain full knee extension. Standing with one leg slightly bent is highly irritating has a negative impact on your joint health. ACL reconstructions and total knee replacements are surgeries where regaining extension can be a problem if you are not proactive.
This exercise is great for post-op knees to regain your full knee extension as soon as possible.
- Perch yourself on the edge of a chair with your operative leg straight out in front of you and the heel in contact with the floor.
- Keep your ankle loose so as not to tighten up your calf muscles.
- Place both hands on your thigh just above your knee. Relax your hamstring muscles and push down through your knee toward the floor under your chair.
- Allow the joint straighten maximally while you push down. Hold for 5 seconds and release.
- Repeat 20 times.
This exercise can be done frequently throughout the day. For best results, do it every 2 hours!