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Get On Your Bike after Total Knee Replacement

By February 26, 2013

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If you have had a total knee replacement, then you understand how painful it can be to restore normal range of motion (ROM) to the knee joint. You may have awoken in the hospital with a continuous passive motion device on your knee, and your physical therapist probable pushed your knee a bit to get it bending and straightening.

If you have a stationary bicycle at home or are attending physical therapy in a clinic, perhaps you can use a bike to help improve your knee ROM. Here's how to get started:

Make sure your physical therapist helps you adjust the seat to the proper height. If it is soon after your knee surgery, you probably won't be able to pedal all the way around on the bike. If that is the case, simply pedal forward until your knee bends as far as possible and you feel pressure in your knee. Then pedal backwards until your knee bands around again. Repeat this forward and backward bending to help improve your knee ROM after total knee replacement.

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