Stairs as a Knee Replacement Exercise

Hi everyone. When working on gaining flexibility in your knee, a great exercise is to walk up and down stairs. Going up is much easier than going down.

Part of the recuperation process after a total knee replacement involves a variety of exercises involving stairs or steps.

The first movement in my case was to simply stand up and lift my leg onto a step. I say simply, but it was definitely not easy. It took all the energy I had. (TKR surgery involves cutting through the quadricep muscle, the largest muscle in your leg.)

Then, lift our body weight onto your tkr leg.

Place your “good” leg onto the step/stair.

Hold this position for five seconds.

Return to the original position.

Rest for 10 seconds.

Repeat five times. Slowly increase your time and repetitions.

Do this maneuver with the aid of crutches, at first. Then, eventually, all that will needed is the aid of railings or parallel bars.

It is not easy, but once it starts working out….it’s great. Hard work pays off.

NOTE: You may want to start this exercise by placing your tkr leg onto a step, lifting your body up until your knee is straight, and then lowering yourself back to the original position.

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

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