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What strength training exercises can help in knee recovery?

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Strength training exercises are a key part of physical therapy for the knee. For instance, you may need to do some of these moves:

You usually start with just a few at a time and then do more as you get stronger. You may need to add weights to make your muscles work harder.

  • Hamstring curls
  • Single leg dips
  • Step-ups
  • Straight leg lifts
  • Wall squats
  • Balancing exercises

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Knee Conditioning Program."

Jefferson University Hospital: "Physical Therapy."

American Physical Therapy Association: "Physical Therapist's Guide to Knee Pain," "Preparing for Your Visit."

University of California, San Diego: "Physical and Occupational Therapy."

Baylor, Scott & White Health: "Modalities and Assistive Devices Used in Physical Therapy."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Knee Exercises."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Knee Conditioning Program."

Jefferson University Hospital: "Physical Therapy."

American Physical Therapy Association: "Physical Therapist's Guide to Knee Pain," "Preparing for Your Visit."

University of California, San Diego: "Physical and Occupational Therapy."

Baylor, Scott & White Health: "Modalities and Assistive Devices Used in Physical Therapy."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Knee Exercises."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2018

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