The Secret Weapon for Knee Replacement Exercises & Stretches (Pre & Post Surgery)

The Secret Weapon for Knee Replacement Exercises & Stretches (Pre & Post Surgery)


I’m Bob Schrupp physical therapist Brad Heineck physical therapist, together We are the most famous physical therapists on the internet, in our opinion of course Bob. Today Brad, we’re gonna talk about a secret Weapon that you can use for knee replacement exercises and stretches both for prior to surgery and after surgery and maybe it may be You know you won’t have to have surgery if you do some of these exercises, it’s possible and you know they do this all The time in the hospitals we work with they do have pre Pre hab, prehab education things, give them exercises to do at home before surgery Which makes the rehab afterwards much more quicker and better results, but before we reveal our secret weapon Brad We got to keep people hanging on a limb a little bit if you are new to our channel Please take a second to subscribe to us. We provide videos on how to stay healthy fit free and We upload everyday, also go over to Facebook Brad you’re missing your job here Nobody remembers where we’re at it’s Bob and Brad at Facebook, Brad and I as children It’s sad we were not liked that’s hard to believe isn’t it Brad. Yeah it is so we’re trying to turn things around Yeah, so I’m showing them down here. I was probably a bratty kid Alright so what we’re talking about today Brad the secret weapon is the Knee Glide and The thing first thing you’re gonna notice about this is how lightweight it is. I’m gonna show you this Brad You can actually do curls with one finger it’s so lightweight What is it less than 5 pounds? It’s less than 3. Bob what a memory It’s the gray hair, so yeah anyway, um the thing about this is if you look at the reviews on Amazon They’re all fives, I think we had one four I’m gonna go find that guy and ask why yeah, he said it was a good thing But he gave us a 4, well he’s probably a teacher, but he never gave anybody an A, he’s a B guy Yeah, anyway this thing that works out really well if you’re gonna have any type of knee surgery This is your deal to go to, right this includes meniscus I’ve had really good success with a meniscus surgery on it, but there’s so many knees you know yeah Knees are a problem aren’t they now so the first thing you know for prehab for prior to your surgery what you’re gonna want to do is you’re gonna want to make sure you have as much knee bend and knee straightening as You can get sometimes that alone will actually decrease your pain We have found if you’re lacking like a little bit of knee extension you regain that Sometimes your pain levels go down it worked with my wife And I’m going to show you some of the things she just actually did with The new glide so One thing you could start off just by you know just trying to get some movement in the knee because it’s very good To try to get some movement now one thing you’re gonna notice here is Look how it’s kind of putting stress on my ankle Brad kind of pointed forward you know this will happen with certain people if That you know for whatever reason they may have arthritis in your ankle Yeah, but when the knee has a problem oftentimes the hip or the ankle does as well, so what we’re gonna Do is we go ahead and put it up on the stand here and now it’s a lot more comfortable The first one I noticed was my wife pointed it out. She was well It’s uncomfortable when it’s flat so she put it up And then she was able to, so you can do this while you’re watching TV it helps promote You know getting that synovial fluid. It’s more blood flow to the knee It’s just gonna make it feel better while you’re you know prior to surgery And this is exactly why we invented this, because of this you know the old way was throw a towel on the floor and do that Which kind of works But you cannot do that and you can’t use a towel on carpet, no and the other thing is this glides so much better than That on the floor You gotta have a pretty shiny floor to make that work, so the other thing I want you to try, this is where we’re talking about this is actual treatment that you might try prior to the surgery You’re actually gonna go ahead and put your heel on here, and you’re gonna straighten it out, and you’re gonna Do pressure on pressure off, now I got the toe, Brad can you set up so you’re facing the camera? Oh sure, that’s a good idea, show the way the toe is going Yeah with that. No you’re doing the profile I’m doing the front view. It’s tough on them To look at the front of me because who wants to but anyways we’re focusing on the knee There we go so the first one you’re doing is you’re going all the way again This is especially true if you’re lacking a little bit of knee extension And you can tell that by putting both knees out there, and if one is straight And one is bent you’re gonna be able to see that I’ll do it on this one This one is slightly bent, this one goes all the way straight And it can be real subtle it can just be like oh I guess that one isn’t as straight as the other one and what we’re referring to typically a sore knee will often time lack full range of motion And if you can regain that range of motion the pain can come down so this is why we’re doing this so yeah again We’re going pushing on right above the knee pressure on Pressure off we say the words because that actually tells you how long to do it pressure on Pressure off pressure on pressure off now The one that worked for my wife is I actually had her turn the foot out like this and then pressure on pressure off And this thing works out really well for this, you know it’s nice You can actually you know again She could do it right off the couch Also, not trying to imply that my wife watches a lot of TV or anything, she’s not a couch potato She’s not a couch potato. But she could also do it at her desk. When she’s working Hope she doesn’t see this video, all right Then the other one Brad is going to show the last one you can actually try turning it in right And I just had a woman with severe arthritis in her knee and with her when she went in That’s the one that did it, that felt better went further, And it was you know that was the way to go So you have to experiment a little bit on that and of course you can also work on bending the knee Let’s say you’re lacking some bend like you bring your knee up like this. Yeah, I’m gonna check this one out now I check this one out like oh that one doesn’t go as far It probably hurts a little bit Probably hurts a little bit so now you’re gonna want to try to get some more knee bend the little trick to that is now You’re gonna go ahead and set up and you’re gonna actually grab the lower bone here, and you’re gonna turn It toward the other knee So Brad is on his right leg, and he’s turning it Counterclockwise to his other knee I’m turning mine clockwise So I’m actually trying to turn the bone and when I turn the bone you’re gonna Go ahead and bring it back like this at the same time. I’m keeping pressure on the whole time. I’m not Letting up on that pressure the whole time now this should feel Fine I mean it should not hurt or increase the pain it actually should feel better with more movement right if it makes it worse Then it’s not the right way to go yeah And generally what you’ll find is that you can move it a little bit further after you’ve done a couple Repetitions and with those I do maybe 10, and that’s not one I’d do every hour you could do it Two or three times a day two or three times a day and again It should as you do more of them loosen up feel better, and that’s the exact response I had with the patient I was referring to, now you’re not gonna do these after you have your knee replacement No These are only before you have a knee replacement to see if it decreases your pain The other thing you can do with this is just straight old strengthening so if you put it up like this You’re working the quadricep a little bit more, and if I turn it around this way. I’m working the hamstring a little bit more okay, so let’s say all that you know goes fine, but you’re still having the knee replacement now you’re going to go ahead and after the knee replacement generally on the first day, maybe you’re gonna be laying in bed moaning and groaning and Brad’s put a towel on the Knee Glide here And this is a great way to just start trying to get some bend You know you can be laying flat on your back Or you can be sitting up like this, the reason I have the towel is because after surgery you’re not gonna have shoes on Right, but yeah, and this really is a big advantage You know in the hospital bed because not only for the patient but for the therapist yeah that makes everyone’s job a lot easier, and it works so well and You know you’re gonna find out that you’re in control Because people who’ve had knee replacement, they don’t like other pople Pushing on their knee yeah, you’re pretty sensitive About that and as quickly as you can though you want to progress to doing it in the chair Yeah, I would say and generally a lot of times people again like to stand up it just is a little more comfortable, and I tell people just go as you know as you’re comfortable and After what I tell them to do is do a bunch of repetitions and then every so often you’re gonna Give it a little bit of stretch, coming down yeah Yeah, so I’m going like this and now I’m gonna give it a little bit stretch and generally what I do is I take my Ankle cross it over my other ankle, and I pull back a little bit Pull back a little bit give it a little stretch. I’m in charge Yeah and when you’re in charge of your own body Everything goes better life goes better. Your knee range of motion will improve. I’m going to show a little trick We’re using the stretch out strap. You could use a belt. Yep. You could use a long belt They actually have devices on the internet that are made for this, and it would work really well with the Knee Glide I’m going to go around the back You just need a smooth chair that it’ll slide around the corner well and then I’m gonna pull you can see I’m just using a basic pulley system and There you go there you go stretch stretch stretch, so I had a friend Brad that Just had a knee replacement done, and I brought all this equipment to his house. Yeah And he gave me everything back except the Knee Glide. He’s still using it, so and it’s fine You know he’s a good friend, so I mean you’re not gonna charge him? I’m not gonna charge him. Oh, you’re a nice guy So all right the other thing Brad is you can also work on extension With the knee glide as we were showing before you can start working on getting a little bit of that knee Straightening so you can go ahead and work on that and again you can do a little pressure on pressure off with that And you’ll find especially after the knee replacement You know some people have Luck bending it but straightening it is equally as important as getting it to bend you want to get full extension As soon as you can and that’s gonna You know promote a good quality gait and get you Back to where you want to be, well one thing I failed to mention Brad you know after you go across the ankle yeah You’re gonna get so far after a while I can’t go any further so then you put your heel on the edge of the foot plate here And you can actually push way back then, And you know if your wife is mad at you she can go on there She can push a little bit too and get that, sure she can say are you a baby A cry baby All right, you know and then of course you’ll go to quadricep and hamstring strengthening also with that, right You’ll do it this way, and you also go the other way so Brad and I are quite proud of this device It’s a breakthrough for total knees I had a patient with a meniscus and worked wonderful He did it as rehab under his desk while he’s at work Oh sure. Oh yeah, and you could do the same thing here after a knee, a little silicone works really good on this, right Well, yeah, it was A quiet office, so people could hear the slight noises making so he took a little silicone and dabbed that on there It made it quiet, and it really goes smooth Yeah, then it’s like you’re going on air so well one way or another have fun. Be careful and take care of your knees Thanks for watching

16 comments on “The Secret Weapon for Knee Replacement Exercises & Stretches (Pre & Post Surgery)

  1. Karen Higgins Post author

    Hi Brad & Bob, I am due to have a partial or full knee replacement in July this year. I am only 48. I would love to be able to get hold of the Knee Glide, but Amazon UK don't seem to have it?? Please could you tell me how we get hold of it in the UK please?? Love your channel! Best wishes Karen

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  2. Kim Smith Post author

    I sure hope you guys have happy, loving relationships with your wives in the real world. Thanks for your help!

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  3. Suuegrl Post author

    Think the 4 star rating is because of the price. $80 is a lot of money for something that is plastic.

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  4. Suuegrl Post author

    Hello, I have a few people in a group for hip and knee replacements asking how many reps first time etc.?

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  5. Doug Blunt Post author

    Hey Guys .. I have one and I love it . I'm doing 15 reps of each leg at 3 sets for quadriceps and hamstrings is that enough

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  6. Cakes by La’Meeka Post author

    Purchase the knee glide for my 2nd knee replacement, used it the day after surgery by the time I went to PT 4 days later my range of motion was over 90 degrees

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  7. Colleen Charles Post author

    I wish you had shown someone that has just had surgery using it….I bought it and am using it after knee revision. A big difference from us that are stiff and you guys have straight legs. I had my surgery Jan. 24, 2019, casted for 8 weeks, now in a brace. I had cadaver tendons, bone implant and knee cap put in; 4th surgery and I'm 70. Just got the brace cranked to 60* from 15* and hopefully 90* in three weeks.

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  8. Sue Cave Post author

    I bought a knee glider because I was stuck at 97 degrees of flexion. Granted, I’m early in the TKR process (day 25 today), but I was worried because I seemed stuck. So I bit the bullet and spent the money. I’ve used it for a week now. Went to PT yesterday and surprised my therapist (and myself) by getting to 114 degrees! Money well spent!

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