Knee Exercises & Knee Rehabilitation
We have also categorised them into early, mid and late stage exercises although this is only a guide and we recommend seeking professional advice. Exercises for specific injuries:Hamstring strain, Patellofemoral pain syndrome and ACL injury
The Q angle of the knee is a measurement of the angle between the quadriceps muscles and the patella tendon and provides useful information about the alignment of the knee joint.
VMO stands for vastus medialis oblique and is part of the vastus medialis quadriceps muscle at the front of the thigh. Here we explain why strengthening this muscle is so important for knee rehabilitation.
These exercises are often done as soon as possible after injury if pain will allow. The aim is to restore range of motion without putting any damaged tissues under stress. The exact exercises and how quickly you progress through will depend on the type and severity of injury. Active mobility exercises where the athlete physically attempts to move the joint through a range of motion are often the first step.
These exercises are done as soon as pain allows. In some cases within a day or so of injury after the acute stage.
During the mid stage exercises progress to gentle strengthening, gradually increasing the load on the joint and through the recovering tissues. Balance and proprioception training usually begins.
Late stage or advanced knee exercises are more functional and sports specific. The aim is to restore full strength and mobility to the joint and return the athlete to full training and competition.