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Leg and Knee Exercises: Hip Pulls

This exercise helps build strong, balanced leg muscles. Make sure to adjust exercise bands as advised by your physical therapist. To do the exercise:

  • Stand with 1 leg about 1 foot away from a wall. The ankle of your other leg should be attached to a pulley or rubber tubing. Put that leg 1 step behind.

  • Pull your attached foot forward. Keep your knees straight but not locked. (Point your toe straight forward unless told otherwise by your therapist.)

  • Return your leg slowly and steadily to the starting position. Do this as many times as advised by your physical therapist.

  • Repeat the steps with your other leg.

Note: To prevent injury, always warm up and stretch before your strength exercises. Stop any exercise that causes pain. Discuss it with your physical therapist or healthcare provider.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT
Online Medical Reviewer: Joseph, Thomas N., MD
Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2018
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