5 great exercises after knee surgery
Physiotherapist Dave Morarty shares five great exercises to help with your rehabilitation from knee surgery.
1. Hamstring curls
Hamstring curls helps to build strength in the back of the thighs. The hamstring is a hip extensor muscle which is important for your push off in running and walking. It is also a knee flexor (bends the knee).
2. Leg extensions
This exercise works the quadriceps, the largest muscle group at the front of the thigh.
This is the main antigravity muscle of the thigh, which gets weaker after knee surgery, so it’s important to strengthen this muscle in the rehabilitation phase.
The antigravity chain is the group of muscles around the hip, knee and ankle joint that keep you upright and balanced, working against the effect of gravity.
3. Leg press
The leg press engages the quads (quadriceps) and glutes (buttocks). These muscles are part of the antigravity chain.