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What physical therapy exercises are appropriate for weak knees?

What physical therapy exercises are appropriate for weak knees?

Quadriceps strength: Weak knees usually refer to weak quadriceps. Simple straight leg raises and wall sits are great exercises you can do under he supervision of a therapist as well as on your own between therapy visits. Stationary bikes, swimming, short arc squats, leg extension against resistance are all additional exercises often used to strengthen the quadriceps. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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What are some good physical therapy exercises for my knee? I hurt it as weightlifter.

What are some good physical therapy exercises for my knee? I hurt it as weightlifter.

Stretch and Strength: Stretching is always the first step. Hamstring, iliotibial band and gastrocs are all excellent to stretch initially. After that, the quadriceps is the ideal muscle to strengthen to stabilize the knee joint. ...Read more

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What knee exercises can I do for physical therapy during recovery?

What knee exercises can I do for physical therapy during recovery?

Focus on quadriceps: Straight leg raises and quadriceps contractions are usually allowed and warranted to eventually allow for crutch free ambulation. Of course your specific injury and/or surgical intervention will ultimately dictate what you should do during your recovery. Your treating physician should be the best source of information for your specific knee injury. ...Read more

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How can I do simple physical therapy exercises at home to strengthen the knees?

How can I do simple physical therapy exercises at home to strengthen the knees?

Knee strength: Short arc and straight leg strengthening of quads and hams, rotate outward slr to work vmo, progress as tolerated to lunges & squats, but be careful. ...Read more

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My knee is grinding and clicking & locking. i already had one surgery. i've tried physical therapy, injections, exercises, meds. what can i do next. ?

My knee is grinding and clicking & locking. i already had one surgery. i've tried physical therapy, injections, exercises, meds. what can i do next. ?

See details: This is a tough one as you want to avoid repeated arthroscopic procedures. However, locking is a concern. I would suggest an orthopedic reevaluation and a new MRI to start. You can always get more than one opinion. ...Read more

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4 weeks ago i fell and tore ligaments in both my left knee and ankle. Having two injuries on the same leg, what physical therapy exercises can I do?

4 weeks ago i fell and tore ligaments in both my left knee and ankle.  Having two injuries on the same leg, what physical therapy exercises can I do?

See details: Without being able to examine the areas, it is impossible to offer specific advise. You should direct this question to the doctor who evaluated the knee and ankle. ...Read more

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I've been doing physical therapy, but after exercise yesterday, why would I have lower back pain radiating into my knee and front knee on the right?

Radiating pain: Pain after therapy radiating down the leg to the knee is most likely related to nerve irritation. I suggest you go back into the physician who referred you to physical therapy and be reassessed. ...Read more

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What physical therapy is there to do after knee fusion?

What physical therapy is there to do after knee fusion?

PT: Transfers, balance, gait training, strengthening pelvis and hip muscles. ...Read more

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How can I get my grandpa to do physical therapy for his knees?

How can I get my grandpa to do physical therapy for his knees?

May Not Be Able To.: It is not always possible to get other people to do things they don't want to do. You can make the suggestion to go, offer to go with him, do the home exercises with him, etc. Sometimes making it into or tying it to a social activity, will increase their desire to participate. Check out local adult centers and fitness groups. Whatever his decision, be supportive. ...Read more

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What are types of physical therapy administered after undergoing a partial knee?

What are types of physical therapy administered after undergoing a partial knee?

Minimal needed: Most people should require only minimal therapy. My patients get 2-3 weeks of home therapy with isometric quad sets, straight leg raises if no back problems, short distance walking and stationary bike can start at 2-3 weeks. No aggrresive therapy that hurts. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Giannini
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