Veteran's Health Library Menu

Health Encyclopedia

Leg and Knee Exercises: Leg Raise

Please contact your local VHA Rehabilitation Provider for appropriate guidance on completing the exercise described below.

Woman sitting on floor with one knee bent, foot flat on floor. Other leg is extended straight and raised slightly off floor.

This exercise is designed to stretch and strengthen your knee. Before beginning, read through all the instructions. While exercising, breathe normally and use smooth movements. If you feel any pain, stop the exercise. If pain persists, call your healthcare provider.

CAUTION

  • Don’t arch your back.

  • Don’t hunch your shoulders.

  • Sit on the floor with your _________ leg straight, the other bent.

  • Tighten the thigh muscles on the top of your straight leg. You should feel the muscles contract. Raise that leg 6–8 inches. Then lower it slowly and steadily to the floor. Relax.

  • Repeat ______ times.  Do ______ sets a day.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 5/15/2011
Copyright © The StayWell Company, LLC. except where otherwise noted.
Disclaimer - Opens 'Disclaimer' in Dialog Window | Help | About Veterans Health Library