Gentle Exercises for Post Op Patients

Physical therapy plays a critical role in every healing journey. It is important to stay active and most patients report quicker healing when physical therapy is included in the treatment plan. A strategic exercise routine is imperative to your healing process especially for those who have undergone surgery.

While the physical therapist will determine the best exercises based upon your injury, we have listed below a few general low-impact, gentle, exercises that may be recommended to help your body recover. The goal is strength and flexibility, so you can get to your life and to your loved ones.

Gentle Exercises

  • Heel Slides: Lie on your back, slowly bend and straighten each knee 5 times.
  • Wall Squats: Lean against a wall, place your feet twelve inches in front of your body, slowly bend your knees so that you are at a forty five degree angle, hold for a few seconds, slowly lift yourself back up and repeat 5 times.
  • Hamstring Stretch: Sit on the ground, place your legs in front of you, and gently reach for your toes.
  • Leg Raises: Lie on your back, keep one leg straight, the other bent at the knee. Lift the straight leg a little off the ground, hold for a moment, and release gently. Repeat with other leg.
  • Knee to Chest Stretch: Lie on your back, slowly bend your right knee and pull your leg up to you chest. Wrap your arms around your knee or shin, and gently pull the knee towards your chest. Hold for ten seconds and slowly extend the leg to starting position. Repeat three times each leg.

Many orthopedic conditions require physical therapy in order to achieve the most successful outcomes. If you’re looking for physical therapy that brings a new dimension to the practice of orthopedic care and sports medicine, the onsite sports injury rehabilitation center at Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute is your solution.