Commit to your exercise program

Strengthening exercises before joint replacement

To get the most benefit from your surgery, rehabilitation will be very important.   Starting an exercise program before surgery can build your strength and allow you to become familiar with the exercises. 

Ask your surgeon and/or physiotherapist about starting an exercise program before surgery.  They will assess your hip or knee before surgery to determine strength, flexibility, fitness and function levels, and they will provide recommendations on pre-surgery exercise.

This website has resources to help you with your exercise program – ask your surgeon to provide you with a login to Strykercare Patient Resources, where you will see:

  • A general guide to rehabilitation exercises
  • Photos and short videos to demonstrate how they’re done
  • A daily exercise reminder sheet that helps you track your recovery

These resources are a general guide to types of exercises you may expect, but the individual program your physiotherapist or surgeon has prescribed should always be adhered to. Seek advice from your health professional before starting any new exercise program.

Exercises before and after hip replacement                             

Exercises before and after knee replacement                                     

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