These straight-leg raises help you strengthen the muscles around your hip. Do 8 to 12 repetitions.
- Lie on your side, with your injured leg on top.
- Tighten the muscles on the front of the thigh of your injured leg to keep your knee straight.
- Keep your hip and your leg straight in line with the rest of your body, and keep your knee pointing forward. Don't drop your hip back.
- Lift your injured leg straight up toward the ceiling, about 12 in. (30 cm) off the ground. Hold for 5 seconds, then slowly lower your leg.