Heel slides which are facilitated are early knee rehabilitation exercises when the knee has been stiff after trauma or surgery.

facilitated heel slides
facilitated heel slides


Maintaining range of motion

When the knee is swollen and painful, the quadriceps muscle may become inhibited and it may be difficult to bend and straighten the knee. This exercise helps to get the knee moving and overcome the muscle inhibition and also helps to reduce swelling.


Heel slides (facilitated)

An exercise for the very early stages of rehab.



Deconditioned Knee: The Effectiveness of a Rehabilitation Program that Restores Normal Knee Motion to Improve Symptoms and Function. Shelbourne KD, Biggs A and Gray T. N Am J Sports Phys Ther. 2007 May; 2(2): 81–89.

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eBook - Cornerstones of Early Knee Rehabilitation

Simple eBook outlining the theory and practice of early knee rehabilitation, and gives details of the important knee exercises.