Surgery of the knee and hip results in weakness of the muscles at the front of your thigh (your quadriceps). The straight leg raise is a great exercise to get your quadriceps strength back after surgery and it is often used as a test to see if people are ready to walk without a gait aid such as a crutch, cane, or walker.
- Lying on your back or sitting as shown.
- Straighten your leg completely and lift it up to approx. 40 degrees
- Do not let the knee bend during this exercise
- Hold for 5 seconds and return to start position.
- Repeat 15 times or until difficult to perform the exercise well