Safely strengthen the knee and shoulder with the Knee Glide, a simple yet highly effective tool for physical therapy exercise.
Created by physical therapists Robert Schrupp and Bradley Heineck, the Knee Glide is an easy-to-use tool for rehabilitation of both the lower and upper extremities at home or in the clinic. Simply place the foot or hand on the plate for easy movement back and forth along the track. The device slides smoothly and securely, allowing for low-impact exercise.
Minimal strength is required to move the Knee Glide, making it ideal for anyone recovering from knee replacement or surgeries (ACL, PCL), hip replacement or fracture, shoulder replacement or surgeries (rotator cuff, etc.) or stroke. It is also safe for those with arthritis or risk of falling, since exercises can be performed in a seated or supine position.
Specific benefits of use include:
- Increased range of motion
- Improved joint strength
- Promotion of synovial fluid (reduces friction in joints)
- Increased blood flow
Includes exercise instructions.
Maximum dimensions (with handle unfolded): 32" L x 5" W x 5 ½" H.
We recommend using the optional stretch-n-strap sold separately to help increase range of motion while doing your exercises. Wrap the strap around your foot and use your arms to help improve your range.
We offer free advice from a registered treating Physiotherapist.
Similarly to having a pharmacist available to answer your questions in regards to medications you buy at a pharmacy, we are here to answer your questions on our products in regards to your health.
We can discuss general issues about injuries, muscles, joints, pain etc. and provide advice on what products and exercises will help your specific needs. We will respond within 24 hours.
I underwent a Total Knee Replacement - Right knee 2 years ago. I am unable to stretch my knee to full extension and have pain. I have a slight bend (5 degrees). I still have pain and stiffness in my knees, legs and low back. Can the Knee Glide help?
To summarize, yes the knee glide can help with improving flexion, extension and reducing pain.
Moving is key to decreasing pain. By going back and forth with the knee glide and doing lots of these it can help reduce your pain and reduce swelling.
The knee glide is mainly used for increasing flexion (bending of your knee). This is usually biggest issue and concern of the surgeon after a TKR. The goal is to get at least 120 degrees of flexion.
The extension can be an issue because it changes the dynamics of walking and can cause pain in the back, hip, knees and into the feet. After 2 years the lack of extension may be due to the knee surgery, scaring etc but it may and probably also has to do with a muscle contracture that happens to the hamstrings (muscles behind the leg). It is important to keep the knee moving and the knee glide can do this. Riding a bike is very important and doing hamstring stretches. You can download these exercises and attempt them. Make sure you consult your health professional to confirm they are right for you. When doing the stretches, you should feel a gentle stretch. Don’t be over aggressive. It will take time to stretch out the muscles. If you push too hard your muscles will go into spasm and it will not work.