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Knee Arthritis Conditioning Program

Welcome to our Knee Arthritis Conditioning video series. The goal of these videos is to reduce stress on the knee and maximize pain-free function. These videos should not be used as a substitute for regular physical therapy visits and guidance from your physician.

Click here to download a pdf version of the Knee Arthritis Conditioning Program Guide

Knee Arthritis Exercises

STRETCHING

GOALS:  Improve knee motion and reduce tension in the joint

KEY POINTS:

  • Perform STRETCHING exercises prior to doing STRENGTHINING exercises. Repeat stretching at the end of the session.
  • Hold stretch in each position 30 seconds; then relax for 15 seconds; and repeat
  • Do 5 repetitions for each stretch

EARLY STRENGTHENING

GOAL:  Build strength and stability in the knee

KEY POINTS:

  • Let pain be your guide; if you find a certain exercise too painful to complete, then reduce the intensity of the exercise or abandon it altogether
  • Start with no weight and progress to light dumbbells or ankle weights to increase resistance
  • Perform 1-2 sets to 12-15 repetitions of each exercise
  • When performing leg extension, keep resistance light to avoid irritation

ADVANCED STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

GOALS:  Advance muscle strength, coordination and endurance for long-term pain relief

KEY POINTS:

  • Continue EARLY STRENGTHENING exercises
  • As strength and flexibility improve, add these exercises to improve knee stability and pain-free function
  • Cross-training exercises limit repetitive stress on certain body parts and reduce overuse injuries
  • All exercises are low impact; start with a single exercise for 10-15 minutes and progress as tolerated
  • Perform 1-2 sets of strengthening exercises for 12-15 repetitions

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