Importance of Knee Arthroscopy Exercises

After knee surgery, you need to exercise regularly to restore strength to your knee, as well as its normal range of motion. This exercise can largely be carried out at home.

Dr. Samimi generally recommends that you exercise between 20 and 30 minutes 2-3 times per day. Walking programs can aid in recovery from your knee surgery.

Before You Start

The following guide can help you better understand your exercise program if you are advised to engage in knee arthroscopy exercises. These exercises may be supervised by a medical professional.

You should be aware that you may feel pain while exercising and need to work at a pace that works for you. Follow the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compress (with an elastic bandage), and Elevate your knee. Contact your orthopedic surgeon if your symptoms persist or get worse.

Initial Exercise Program

Hamstring Contraction

Hamstring Contraction

This exercise involves no movement. Bend your knees at about a 10 degree angle and sit or lie down. Push your heels into the floor, and tighten the muscles behind your thigh. Hold this position for 5 seconds, release, and repeat 10 times.

Quadriceps Contraction

Quadriceps Contraction

Put a rolled towel under the ankle of your affected side. Lie on stomach, and push your ankle down into the towel. Straighten your leg at much as possible, hold it for 5 seconds, release, and repeat 10 times.

Straight Leg Raises

Straight Leg Raises

Lie on your back, straighten your affected leg, and bend your healthy leg. At a slow pace, lift your affected leg to about 6 inches above the ground, hold it for 5 seconds, and then lift it another 6 inches. Continue this pattern, and repeat 10 times.

If you’re advanced, you can add weights to your ankle. You should start with 1 lb. of weight and add with time. Do not exceed 5 lbs. over 4 weeks of exercise.

Buttock Tucks

Buttock Tucks

Lie on your back, and tighten your buttocks muscles. Hold for 5 seconds, and repeat 10 times.

Straight Leg Raises, Standing

Straight Leg Raises, Standing

While standing, slowly lift your affected leg while keeping the leg straight. Use support if necessary. Repeat 10 times.

If you’re advanced, you can add weights to your ankle. You should start with 1 lb. of weight and add with time. Do not exceed 5 lbs. over 4 weeks of exercise.

Intermediate Exercise Program

Terminal Knee Extension, Supine

Terminal Knee Extension, Supine

Lie on your back with a towel roll under your knee. Straighten your affected knee while it rests on the towel. Hold 5 seconds, and slowly return it to the initial position. Repeat 10 times.

If you’re advanced, you can add weights to your ankle. You should start with 1 lb. of weight and add with time. Do not exceed 5 lbs. over 4 weeks of exercise.

Partial Squat, with Chair

Partial Squat, with Chair

Standing 6-12 inches behind a chair or another support, and hold on to the support. Slightly bend your knees while keeping your back straight, but DO NOT go all the way to an 90 degree angle. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Slowly come back up, relax, and repeat 10 times.

Quadriceps Stretch, Standing

Quadriceps Stretch, Standing

Standing on your healthy knee, gently pull the heel from your affected side toward your buttocks. Hold for 5 seconds, and repeat 10 times.

Advanced Exercise Program

Knee Bend, Partial, Single Leg

Knee Bend, Partial, Single Leg

Stand behind a chair, and put your hands on the back of the chair for support. Bend your healthy leg, but keep your toe on the ground for balance if needed. Keep your other foot flat, and slowly lower yourself just a bit. Straight, relax, and repeat 10 times.

Step-ups, Forward

Step-ups, Forward

Step up onto a 6-inch high platform with your affected leg. Step down. Repeat 10 times. As your strength increases, increase the height of the platform.

Step-ups, Lateral
Repeat 10 times.

Step-ups, Lateral

Step up onto a 6-inch high stool, leading with your involved leg. Step down, returning to the starting position. Increase the height of the platform as strength increases.

Exercise Bike

Exercise Bike

On an exercise bike, set the seat height at a level where your foot can barely reach the pedal while completing a full revolution. Slowly raise the resistance from “light” to “heavy.” Try to pedal for 10 minutes a day, and increase the duration by 1 minute per day for 10 days.

Walking

2 weeks after surgery, start walking cautiously when you can. This is an excellent physical exercise activity in the middle stages of your recovery.

Running

Do not run during the first 6-8 weeks following your surgery. Running can be phased in with time.