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With total knee replacement, you'll probably have to use special equipment during your hospital stay.
Polar Care Machine
Cold therapy cools your joint and decreases pain and swelling after surgery of the knee.
Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) Machine
To restore movement in your knee and leg, your surgeon will use a knee support that slowly moves your knee while you are in bed. The device is called a continuous passive motion (CPM) exercise machine.
Knee Immobilizer Brace
You will be wearing a knee immobilizer brace whenever you get out of bed to walk while your femoral nerve block is in place.
Continuous Passive Motion (CPM)
This machine moves your knee slowly while you are in bed.
This is a good beginning exercise as it strengthens the quadriceps muscle and helps increase your ability to straighten your knee. Be sure to do this with both legs because both legs will be weakened after the procedure. Try to do this exercise several times every hour, but keep in mind your level of comfort will determine how many repetitions you do.
Terminal Knee Extension
This exercise also helps promote muscle activity and increases knee extension. It should be repeated 10 to 20 times.
Heel Slides (Knee Flexion)
This exercise will promote muscle activity of the hamstrings and increase the flexibility of your knee.
Straight Leg Raising
This is another excellent exercise to promote strength in the quadriceps and the flexor muscles. Both of these will help you walk.
This is a good exercise to help strengthen the hip abductors, or groin muscles.
Note: Continue your pre-op Upper Body Strengthening Exercises.