You can ﬁnd the best exercise bike for knee replacement, and we're sharing everything you need to know how to pick. Read on and get moving again. Each year, 700,000 people in the US have knee replacement surgery. Exercising after knee replacement surgery helps improve ﬂexibility and strength. Low-impact exercises, like walking, swimming and golf are great options. Using exercise bikes during and after recovery can also be a great form of low impact exercise. Wondering how to ﬁnd the best exercise bike for knee replacement rehabilitation? This article will teach you what to look for and how to use an exercise bike safely.
Upright Vs. Recumbent Bikes. The ﬁrst thing you need to know is the difference between an upright exercise bike and a recumbent exercise bike. An upright bicycle has a high seat and usually no back rest. The pedals sit just underneath the seat. An upright bike is what most people think of when they think of a bicycle. To use an upright bike, you sit in an upright position. A recumbent bike, on the other hand, has a seat much closer to the ﬂoor. It usually has a back rest and pedals directly in front of the seat. A recumbent bike allows you to recline while you pedal. If you're looking for an exercise bike for knee replacement rehabilitation, a recumbent bike may be a good option, depending on your skills and agility. Finding the Right Exercise Bike for Knee Replacement Recovery Riding an exercise bike can help you regain mobility and strength after knee replacement surgery. Once your doctor allows you to start exercising again (usually in 2-3 weeks), you'll want to choose an adequate bike for your needs. You'll want to go into a store that sells exercise equipment to test out your options. Make sure that the pedals on the bike don't keep revolving after you stop pedaling. That could damage your joints. Choose one that allows you to pedal forwards or backward. Pedaling backward is a great way to start because there it offers no resistance.
If you have a bike but your range of motion limits you from using it, consider using an Ortho Pedal®. This device is recommended by doctors because it allows you to comfortably pedal and gain mobility as you heal. Let us know if an Ortho Pedal® could aid in your recovery.
Safety Tips When you're ﬁrst using an exercise bike for knee replacement recovery, take it slow. Start with the resistance set to zero. You'll gradually increase the resistance over time as you become stronger. Use good posture with the seat pushed as far back as it goes. As you get used to it, you can gradually move the seat forward to increase your range of motion. Don't rotate your hips while pedaling. This can strain other muscles in your body. Don't forget to warm up and stretch. Also, make sure to drink water while exercising to prevent dehydration. When you start using an exercise bike for knee replacement recovery, it may be challenging, but don't give up. You're gaining strength and mobility every day.
Dave Moseley is a Kinesiologist graduate of Penn State University. His passion for helping people exercise and function properly directly relates to the biophysical knowledge he provides on human movement. In addition, Dave has multiple experiences working with personal trainers, strength coaches, physical therapists, chiropractors, clinical nutritionists and doctors of integrated medicine.