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Shallow Standing Knee Bends

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Shallow standing knee bends build strength in the muscles on top of your thigh. This exercise should only be done if you have very minimal pain; if you have no clicking, locking, or giving way in the injured knee; and if it doesn't hurt while you are doing 8 to 12 repetitions.

  • Stand with your hands lightly resting on a counter or chair in front of you with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Slowly bend your knees so that you squat down just like you were going to sit in a chair. Make sure your knees don't go in front of your toes.
  • Lower yourself about 6 in. (15 cm). Your heels should remain on the floor.
  • Rise slowly to a standing position.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Last RevisedMarch 7, 2013

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Last Updated: March 07, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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