Shallow standing knee bends

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Shallow standing knee bends build strength in the muscles on top of your thigh. This exercise should only be done if you have very minimal pain; if you have no clicking, locking, or giving way in the injured knee; and if it doesn't hurt while you are doing 8 to 12 repetitions.

  • Stand with your hands lightly resting on a counter or chair in front of you with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Slowly bend your knees so that you squat down just like you were going to sit in a chair. Make sure your knees don't go in front of your toes.
  • Lower yourself about 6 in. (15 cm). Your heels should remain on or barely off the floor.
  • Rise slowly to a standing position.

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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