Physical Therapy for lower limb

After surgery of your hip, knee, ankle, and foot the muscles of your leg will become weak because of decrease used during the recovery period or because of cast or splint around them for this reason it is important to begin strengthening exercises with the help of a physical therapist as soon as your splint or cast is removed


The several beneficial effects of performing leg exercises after surgery some of these effects may include

  • Building back the strength of your leg muscles
  • Prevent blood clots in leg muscles because of immobilization
  • Improve your ability to move after the surgery in the bed which can help bad source

Working with a physical therapist is one of the most important and beneficial steps for recovery and rehabilitation after surgeries. Below are some of the most important exercises which are performed on patients who undergo leg surgery


  • Lay down on your back
  • Tighten your buttock muscles as much as you can
  •  Hold your muscle for 5 seconds and then relax

Heel Slide

  • Lay down on your back
  • Bend your knee by slowly sliding the heel of the surgical leg towards your buttock
  • Slide it back in the straight position
  • Repeat this process again

Short Arc Quad

  • Lay down on your back  with a rolled towel under your knee
  • Slowly straighten your knee.
  • Tighten your quad muscle on the top of your thigh hold this for 3 seconds and then relax

Straight Leg Raise

For this purpose

  • Raise your leg while lying on the back
  • Your leg as high as you can off the floor
  • The leg is in the air for 10 seconds and slowly lower it
  • Repeat this process 10 to 15 times

Hamstring strengthening

  • To do the exercise:
  • Lie down on your stomach
  • Raise your leg
  • Hold it for 5 seconds and slowly lowered down

Physical Therapy and Home Exercise

If you are suffering from any lower extremity injury, you have surgery or even if you have difficulty in walking and are  unable to perform the  normal function you may benefit from physical therapy to return to your optimal mobility

Your physical therapist will prescribe leg exercises as a part of your home exercise program you may make progress from simple exercises to more challenging and advanced exercises and in addition to that also don’t forget to work on your balance as well

Work hard during your leg exercises and perform your physical therapy at home regularly so you can achieve the maximum level of functional mobility in a short period