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Single Leg Balance

General Overview:

The purpose of this exercise is to increase strength and proprioception (balance) in your lower extremities.

Why do this Exercise?

Increase strength and balance in your lower extremities. This will assist with increasing joint stability in the knee joint.

Detailed Description

Equipment:
Chair or wall for balance
Position:
Standing up straight with your knees slightly bent, holding on to either a chair or the wall for support.
Action:
Lift your uninjured leg off the floor--even an inch is fine. The goal is to balance for sixty seconds.

Additional Information:

You can make this exercise more difficult by removing your hands from the chair or wall. Make sure that if you lose your balance you can put your hand back on the chair or wall, or lower your leg. Do not continue this exercise if there is pain, swelling or a significant increase in skin temperature (skin becomes hot/warm to the touch). Keep in mind that each person is different and you must modify your activity according to the feedback your body provides. If you feel your muscles getting fatigued (a good thing) and you begin losing control (leg begins twitching) stop and return to the exercise at another time.
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About Recovery
This exercise is recommended for early stage rehabilitation of an injured or post-surgical knee.
This exercise can also be included into a general fitness program to develop strength and balance and prevent injury.


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