Straight-leg raise to the outside

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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 inches off the ground. Hold for 5 seconds, then slowly lower your leg.

Last Updated: March 6, 2009

Medical Review: William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Mary "Ginny" Virginia Keely, PT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT - Physical Therapy

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