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Back Exercises: Knee Lift

Man lying on floor with knees bent and feet flat on floor.

Man lying on floor with one knee bent and foot flat on floor. Other knee is bent with leg raised towards body.

To start, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Don’t press your neck or lower back to the floor. Breathe deeply. You should feel comfortable and relaxed in this position:

  • Start by tightening your abdominal muscles.

  • Lift one bent knee off the floor, above your buttocks, as directed by your physical therapist or healthcare provider.

  • Hold for  10 seconds. Return to start position.

  • Repeat  3 times.

  • Switch legs.

Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Thomas N Joseph MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Trina Bellendir PT
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2021
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