How long does it take to rehabilitate a knee?

Exactly how long a knee takes to rehabilitate after an injury or surgery entirely depends on the damage done to your tissues and the procedures required to repair them. Typically knee rehab lasts for several weeks to months, if the injury was severe or the surgery extensive. Your physical therapy exercises will seek to reestablish strength, flexibility, stability, and range of motion in your knee.

This will involve stretches to keep your muscles and connective tissues form becoming too tight. Quad and hamstring stretches are common. It will also feature exercises that gradually work your muscle strength and limb stability. Leg lifts, squats, and stair-stepping are frequently used for strengthening. Many rehabilitation programs will work the muscles on the inside and outside of your thigh, too, since they help with limb stability.

If you’d like to know more about the recovery time for a particular knee problem, contact Castle Pines Physical Therapy or Cherry Creek Physical Therapy for more information or an appointment. You can reach our Castle Pines and Denver, CO, offices online or by calling (303) 805-5156.