I have a 74 year old male client who is awaiting a knee replacement (the other knee has already been replaced). He has had numerous surgeries (quadruple bypass, brain stem, removal of fluid from his knee, etc.) and is a real trooper. He cannot stand for very long so I have been doing most of my workouts with him in a chair. He would like to build more leg strength so he can stop using his walker and use a cane but it is very difficult to work his lower body with strength building exercises. Any suggestions on what I should be doing to (1) build his leg strength up and (2) keep him from getting frustrated until he gets his knee surgery?
Hi Leandra. As several others have indicated, your first step should be to follow any restrictions or limitations posed for your client by his physician and other healthcare providers. I’ve worked with a similarly-situated elderly male client and used cycling as a great way to not only improve his ROM, but also his leg strength. Each client is different, and so how you approach your particularly client should be based on several specifics, including his motivation and interest in a particular activity that you choose for him.
I hope that this helps.