0-4 WEEKS POST OP
Although it is important in the initial stages post surgery to get strength back in your leg to kick start the rehab, essentially the main goal is to get the extension and flexion through movement. However, I strongly believe that while you should be doing exercises and trying and get movement in this period, it is also very important to be aware of how the knee is responding and therefore not too push through too much pain or your threshold.
If you go too hard early, you will just aggravate the knee, causing further swelling and taking away from your extension and flexion. It is important to do exercises but at times I have adopted the less is more theory, meaning that in my last couple of rehabs I haven’t pushed through excessive pain early days to get extension and flexion or strength back. Although the knee will improve with exercise, it also improves just through swelling going away. I also recommend that you do your exercises followed by icing straight away as this reduces swelling and is also soothing on the knee reducing the pain.
Exercises such as small leg raises lying down and quad holds are important to get the muscle used to working again. This is a beginners exercise that isn’t too difficult and will kick start the rehab. See the video below.