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Hamstring Stretch

Woman lying on back pulling one thigh to chest with towel.Begin your rehabilitation with exercises that develop muscle control. These help you meet basic goals, like driving a car or going back to work. Exercise as often as you’re advised. But stop right away if any exercise causes sharp or increasing pain. Icing your knee for 15 to 20 minutes after exercise can help prevent swelling and soreness.

  • Lie on your back with your good knee bent. Put a towel around the back of your injured leg. Tighten your stomach muscles.

  • Keeping the knee as straight as you can, slowly pull on the towel to bring your injured leg up. Raise it as far as you comfortably can.

  • Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat 2 to 3 times.

 Caution: If you feel tingling or pain in your back or legs, you’re not yet ready for this exercise or are pulling too aggressively.

For your safety, check with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program.

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