8 Exercises to Do Before Knee Replacement
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Prepare For Your Surgery With Exercise

Severe knee pain may make working out feel out of the question. But if you're preparing for a knee replacement, physical activity can actually help. In a recent study, preoperative exercise training helped older adults with arthritis function better after their operation. Here are the best moves to build strength and speed recovery.

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  2. Total Knee Replacement. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00389
  3. Standing Hip Abduction. American Council on Exercise. http://www.acefitness.org/exerciselibrary/103/standing-hip-abduction
  4. Standing Hamstrings Curl. American Council on Exercise. http://www.acefitness.org/exerciselibrary/132/standing-hamstrings-curl
  5. Bodyweight Squat. American Council on Exercise. http://www.acefitness.org/exerciselibrary/135/bodyweight-squat
  6. Dumbbell Step-up. American Council on Exercise. http://www.acefitness.org/exerciselibrary/28/dumbbell-step-up
  7. Strength and Balance Exercises. American Heart Association. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/CardiacRehab/Strength-and-Balance-Exercises_UCM_307384...
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