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Quadriceps exercises

Any questions or problems should be directed towards your physiotherapist, doctor or orthopaedic nurse.

Range of movement braces

If you are in a brace you will have a compression stocking under it to protect the skin. Wear this like a sock, it should have no wrinkles in it. Remove this at night.

Exercises

If you are in a brace you can only do exercises 1 and 2.

Exercise 1

  • Lying or sitting on the floor or bed
  • Brace your affected knee hard into the bed
  • Hold for 10 seconds
  • Try to get your toes to an upright position
  • Repeat 10 times
  • Do this exercise three to four times a day.

Exercise 2

  • Brace your knee into the bed
  • Lift your leg, keeping your knee straight and your toes upright (pointing towards the ceiling)
  • Hold for 10 seconds, then relax
  • Repeat 10 times
  • Do this exercise three to four times a day

Exercise 3

Do not do this exercise unless instructed by the physiotherapist.

  • Place a firm roll under your thigh, for example, one or two rolled up towels
  • Lift your heel to straighten your knee and keep your toes in an upright position
  • Hold 10 seconds, then relax
  • Repeat 10 times
  • Do this exercise four to five times a day

Written by Orthopaedics Outpatients Department and Physiotherapy Department, Christchurch Hospital.Endorsed by HealthInfo clinical advisers. December 2011.

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