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Archive for February 16th, 2011

Knee Exercise

Knee Exercise

Pre-operative exercise programs help patients with osteoarthritis of the knee after they have their knees replaced.  People who undergo “pre-habilitation” experience better leg function and faster recovery times.

So even if you decide to have total knee replacement surgery you still have to exercise!

71 patients were divided into two groups at the University of Louisville.  One group underwent an exercise program before surgery.  The exercises was developed to improve knee and leg strength, through light walking and step exercises.  Standard preoperative care was provided to the other group of patients.

The group that exercised before they had their knees replaced experienced less pain during functional tests and increased extension strength.  The findings published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning suggests exercise before surgery results in quicker recovery.