What exercises should I do immediately after my Knee Replacement?

Sep 13, 2019

Total Knee Replacement – Rehab Exercises

We have been seeing more and more patients coming through our private physiotherapy clinics in Havant and Rowlands Castle who are struggling with pain, stiffness and walking after having a knee replacement.

Patients we see have been given exercises to do but limited guidance about how to do them, how many to do and how to progress on when they feel easy.

We sit down with every patient to discuss goals, what they want to be able to achieve, then we provide a full assessment looking at movement, strength, balance, we also look to see if there are any areas of muscle tension/tightness.

Here are some exercises to do immediately following a knee replacement.

Please be aware of your body and take advice from your GP before exercising or send an email to ( for advice and guidance. When exercising do not push into sharp pain.

Knee Exercises


Static Quads

  • Sitting straight-backed or lying down
  • Tighten your thigh muscle and hold for 5 seconds, repeat 10 times, 3 times a day.




Inner Range Quads

  • Lying flat or sitting up
  • With the knee supported on a towel in a bent position.
  • Pull toes up towards you, squeeze thigh and straighten the knee
  • Hold out straight for 5 seconds, repeat x 10 x 3, 2 x day




Knee flexion

  • Lying on your back or sitting
  • Bend your knee up hold for 10 seconds
  • Repeat 10 times, 2 x day



Knee Extensions

  • Sitting in a firm chair
  • Slowly straighten the leg, hold it straight for 10 seconds
  • Repeat 10 times. Do 3 sets of 10, 2 x day


If you have had a total knee replacement and are still struggling with pain or stiffness and are still not back doing what you want to, or are not sure what exercises you should be doing, then please get in contact with us so we can help you. Email, call 07835 712306 or book online.

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