• Total Knee ReplacementNicholas B Frisch MD Nicholas B Frisch MD

  • Partial Knee ReplacementNicholas B Frisch MD Nicholas B Frisch MD

  • Total Hip ReplacementNicholas B Frisch MD Nicholas B Frisch MD

  • Revision Hip ReplacementNicholas B Frisch MD Nicholas B Frisch MD

  • Revision Knee ReplacementNicholas B Frisch MD Nicholas B Frisch MD

Preoperative Knee Exercise Program

Preoperative Exercise Program

  • If you are currently performing an exercise program, continue doing so.
  • If you are not currently performing an exercise program, you may begin incorporating exercises as directed.
    • If you attempt to perform any of these exercises and they cause pain or discomfort, stop doing them.
  • You may benefit from a session of physical therapy prior to surgery.
    • This session is dedicated to gait training, appropriate use of assist devices you may use after surgery and demonstrating proper technique and form for your exercise program.
  • If there are any questions about the physical therapy programs, either prior to surgery or after surgery, please contact our physical therapy department directly 248.659.0199.

Knee Exercises

Traditional Knee Exercises

Quadriceps Set

With your knee over a towel roll, tighten the muscle on the front of your thigh to push down into the towel.
Hold 10 seconds | Repeat 10 times | Perform 1-2 sessions per day

Traditional Knee Exercises

Short Arc Quad

With your knee bent over a thick roll, tighten the muscles on the front of your thigh to straighten your knee. Keep the back of your knee against the roll.
Hold 10 seconds | Repeat 10 times | Perform 1-2 sessions per day

Traditional Knee Exercises

Straight Leg Raise

Tighten the muscles on the front of your thigh and lift the entire leg 6 inches from the bed. Make sure to keep your knee completely straight.
Hold 10 seconds | Repeat 10 times | Perform 1-2 sessions per day

Traditional Knee Exercises

Static Knee Extension Stretch

Lying on your back with knees bent, tighten stomach. Keep breathing.
Hold 30 seconds | Repeat 2 times | Perform 1-2 sessions per day

Traditional Knee Exercises

Seated Hamstring Stretch

Place your leg straight on the bed with your opposite foot on the floor. Keeping your knee straight and your toes pointed up, slowly lean forward until you feel a stretch in the back of the knee/thigh. Keep your back straight and do not tuck your chin, no bouncing.
Hold 30 seconds | Repeat 2 times | Perform 1-2 sessions per day

Traditional Knee Exercises

Seated Calf Stretch

Keeping your knee straight, place a strap around the ball of your foot. Pull your toes back towards you until you feel a stretch in your calf.
Hold 30 seconds | Repeat 2 times | Perform 1-2 sessions per day

Credibility Links

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
  • Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
  • DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute
  • Michigan Institute for Advanced Surgery Center