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Straight-Leg Raise to the Outside

Straight-Leg Raise to the Outside

Picture of a man doing straight-leg raises to the outside

These straight-leg raises help you strengthen the muscles around your hip. Do 8 to 12 repetitions.

  • Lie on your side, with your injured leg on top.
  • Tighten the muscles on the front of the thigh of your injured leg to keep your knee straight.
  • Keep your hip and your leg straight in line with the rest of your body, and keep your knee pointing forward. Don't drop your hip back.
  • Lift your injured leg straight up toward the ceiling, about 12 inches off the ground. Hold for 5 seconds, then slowly lower your leg.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David A. Fleckenstein, MPT - Physical Therapy
Last Revised March 4, 2011

Last Revised: March 4, 2011

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & David A. Fleckenstein, MPT - Physical Therapy

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