What exercises should I do six weeks after my Knee Replacement?

Sep 19, 2019

Total Knee Replacement – Rehab Exercises over 6 weeks Post Op

We have been seeing an increase in patients coming through our physiotherapy clinics who are struggling with pain, stiffness and walking after having a knee replacement over 6 weeks ago.

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 after 6 weeks 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

Quarter Squat: Hold for 5 seconds Repeat 10 times.

  • Begin this exercise on both feet and perform a small knee squat keeping your knees over your toes.
  • Gradually place more weight on your affected leg until you can perform this on one leg.
  • Once a day





Balance: Hold for 15-20 seconds. Repeat 10 times. 

  • Stand on your affected leg with your knee slightly bent.
  • Try to keep your balance for 15-20 seconds
  • Progress by standing barefoot on different services e.g. carpet/pillow
  • Place your arms out to the side and move around when confident.
  • Once a day
 Knee Extension: Repeat 10 times.

  • Sitting in a firm chair
  • Slowly straighten the leg hold for 5 seconds and then lower the leg.
  • Once a day



Step Up: Repeat 10 times.

  • Start on a book or a 4 ½” step.
  • Place your operated leg on the step side on.
  • Push up and straighten your knee.
  • Bend your knee over the toe to lower down.
  • Progress to bottom of the stairs
  • Once a day


If you had a knee replacement last year, 6 years ago or over 6 weeks ago and are still struggling with pain, stiffness, are not back to all you want to be able to do, 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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