These straight-leg raises help you strengthen the muscles on top of
your thigh and around your hip. Do 8 to 12 repetitions.
Lie on your back with your good knee bent so
that your foot rests flat on the floor. Your injured leg should be straight.
(During this exercise, your low back should have a normal curve. Your back has
a normal curve if you can slip your flat hand in between the floor and the
small of your back, with your palm touching the floor and your back touching
the back of your hand.)
Tighten the thigh muscles in the injured
leg by pressing the back of your knee flat down to the floor. Hold your knee
Keeping the thigh muscles tight, lift your injured leg up
so that your heel is about 12 in. (30 cm) off the floor. Hold for 5 seconds, then
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy