Physical therapy is a distinct medical specialty that focuses on repairing impairments of the body that occur through illness or injury. This type of therapy uses specific exercises that move the muscles, ligaments, and bones to encourage healthy operation for normal movement. Trinity Orthopedics implements these exercises after surgery to restore normal function to patients’ joints. Some exercises are easy enough to do at home on your own and can help to restore normal function to injured joints faster.
Exercise for the Knees
Simple exercises that straighten and bend the knees can be helpful to keep the muscles that support the knee joint strong:
- Simple leg lifts, holding your leg straight while lying on your back, can help to work the muscles that surround the knee. Do the lifts for 5 raises on each side.
- Doing shallow knee bends can also help to keep knees limber and strong. Repeat 5 times slowly and then rest.
You should always consult your physician before starting any exercise program that involves working an injured joint.
Exercise for the Hips
- Stand straight and bend your knee upward to create a 90-degree angle at the hip. Hold this position for 5 seconds and then release. Repeat 5 times, and then change to the other side.
- Stand with your back against the wall. Slide downward until your hip is at a 45-degree angle. Hold for 5 seconds and then return to a straight position.
Exercise for the Shoulders
Physical therapy exercises are often done to keep shoulder joints limber or after shoulder surgery to restore normal function. We know of one exercise that can help:
- Lie on the bed on your stomach so that your arm can dangle over the edge.
- Relax the muscles of the arm, shoulder, and hand.
- Gently swing your arm back and forth in a slow movement, not using your neck muscles to create the motion.
- Start by swinging the arm at a 15-degree angle and gently work up to a 30 or 45-degree angle.
- Swing the arm for 15 seconds and work gradually up to 3 to 5 minutes.
Help for Your Orthopedic Problems
Hurst orthopedics patients can consult with Trinity Orthopedics for their joints problems and issues of pain, stiffness, and poor mobility. Call us at 817-283-5252 to schedule an appointment or for more physical therapy tips.