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Strengthen Your Knees: Physical Therapy Exercises for Optimal Recovery

How to get stronger knees. Physical therapy at Kailua Wellness Center.
How to get strong knees

Knee pain and weakness can significantly impact your daily activities, from walking to climbing stairs. Whether you're recovering from an injury or looking to prevent future problems, incorporating physical therapy exercises into your routine can help strengthen the muscles around your knees and improve their stability. Here, we'll explore a range of exercises backed by physical therapy and rehabilitation journals to aid in knee strengthening.

  1. Straight Leg Raises:

  • Lie on your back with one leg bent and the other straight.

  • Lift the straight leg towards the ceiling, keeping it straight.

  • Lower it back down slowly.

  • Aim for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions per leg.

  • (Source: The American Journal of Sports Medicine)

  1. Quad Sets:

  • Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you.

  • Tighten the muscles on the top of your thigh of the affected leg, pressing the back of your knee towards the floor.

  • Hold for 5-10 seconds and then relax.

  • Repeat for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

  • (Source: Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy)

  1. Hamstring Curls:

  • Lie face down on a mat with your legs straight.

  • Bend one knee and bring your heel towards your buttocks, keeping the thigh on the floor.

  • Slowly return to the starting position.

  • Perform 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions on each leg.

  • (Source: Journal of Physical Therapy Science)

  1. Step-Ups:

  • Stand facing a step or platform.

  • Step up with one foot and bring the other foot to meet it.

  • Step back down with the same foot.

  • Repeat on each leg for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

  • (Source: Physical Therapy Journal)

  1. Wall Squats:

  • Stand with your back against a wall and feet shoulder-width apart.

  • Slowly lower your body into a squat position, keeping your back against the wall and knees aligned with your ankles.

  • Hold for 5-10 seconds, then return to standing.

  • Aim for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

  • (Source: Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy)

  1. Mini-Band Side Steps:

  • Place a mini resistance band around your ankles.

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent.

  • Step to the side with one foot, maintaining tension on the band.

  • Bring the other foot to meet it.

  • Repeat in both directions for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

  • (Source: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research)

Remember to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of these exercises as your knee strength improves. Additionally, consult with a physical therapist or healthcare professional before starting any new exercise regimen, especially if you have existing knee issues or injuries.

By incorporating these evidence-based physical therapy exercises into your routine, you can take proactive steps towards strengthening your knees and enhancing your overall mobility and quality of life.

To find out how to strengthen your knees book your physical therapy appointment at Kailua Wellness Center by calling (808) 261-8181.

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