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What should I avoid when doing the single-leg standing exercise?

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy

The single-leg standing exercise strengthens core muscles and prevents poor habits associated with pelvic and leg movements during walking.

Here are some things to avoid when doing the single-leg standing exercise:

  • Try to not allow the pelvis or stance leg to rotate while lifting the leg as this reinforces excessive pelvic or spine rotation when walking. Be precise and take it very slow to analyze yourself.
  • Be sure to engage the gluteals on the stance leg to help stabilize the hip.

 

Fixing You: Hip & Knee Pain: Self-treatment for IT band friction, arthritis, groin pain, bursitis, knee pain, PFS, AKPS, and other diagnoses

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Fixing You: Hip & Knee Pain: Self-treatment for IT band friction, arthritis, groin pain, bursitis, knee pain, PFS, AKPS, and other diagnoses

Hip and knee pain are often a result of poor pelvic muscle performance in combination with poor walking habits. This combination creates tracking problems in the hip socket or excessive rotation at...

Like all exercises be sure to perform the exercise with proper form and perform in a safe environment. When performing the single-leg standing exercise be sure ensure you have neutral alignment from the foot and spine. These joints should be stable and free of excessive movements. If you are a beginner, be sure to have balance assistance nearby such as a chair or wall to prevent you from falling.

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