Hip, Knee & Leg EBook - US

Step 3: Improve Your Joint Stability (cont.)

Try this exercise to improve your joint stability Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

SINGLE LEG STANCE FORWARD SLS Stand on one leg and maintain your balance. Next, hold your leg out in front of your body. Then return to original position. Maintain a slightly bent knee on the stance side.

There are approximately 640muscles in your body that help youmove on a daily basis. Your knee joints rely heavily on themuscle support tomake them function properly. Weakness in any one area produces a cascade of problems in other areas, even further up the leg in the hip or back.

Step 4: Enhance Your Joint Strength

When you sit for prolonged periods in the day, your muscles atrophy or become weak. In addition, with repetitive strain or injuries, certain muscles around the knee and hip can be injured. Injuries weaken all the muscles around the affected area, especially the smaller muscles that control the intricate movements of these joints. By strengthening specific muscles, your body can restore control to the knee or hip joints. This in turn decreases strain and daily inflammation, resulting in long-term pain relief.

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