Exercise Bikes for Knee Rehabilitation
Firstly, we need to consider what the goals of using an exercise bike would be:
- increase or restore knee joint range of movement
- increase or restore knee joint stability
- increase or restore the strength of muscles around the knee
- decrease or eliminate pain
- prevent reoccurrence of the injury
- Non weight-bearing
- Low impact
- Uses a range of motion that is needed for most activities of daily living
- Controlled movement
- Variable resistance
- Stable position
- Cyclic movement nourishes joint cartilage
- Closed kinetic chain exercise
- Cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise activity
Knees like cyclical movement without excessive forces as that is the way that the articular cartilage covering the ends of your bones gets nourished.
Cycling has been shown to be a relatively safe activity for rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction as the strain that is placed on the ACL during cycling at rehabilitation levels is relatively low.
With the bike correctly set up during one complete turn of the pedal your knee travels from 30 to approximately 110 degrees of flexion. Before you can start to include stationary cycling in your knee rehabilitation you should have a minimum of 100 degrees of knee flexion so that you can complete one full turn of the pedals.
Check out our range of exercise bikes for knee rehabilitation here.