How should I do an abduction exercise?

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Abduction is defined as the movement of a body part, specifically the limbs and digits away from the body’s side. So an abduction exercise would be the moving of a limb away from the body. The shoulder side raise and the side lying leg lift are two examples of abduction exercises. The shoulder side raise is performed standing with arms at the side. With a light weight in the hand slowly raise your arms to the side until they are pointing straight out, hold for 1 second and slowly return to the starting position.  

For leg abduction exercises, lie on your side on the floor. Keeping your knee straight raise the top leg up to about 45 degrees, hold then slowly return to the starting position. Perform these exercises 3 sets of 12 repetitions.  

Dr. Vonda Wright, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Here's how to do a leg abduction exercise:

1. While lying on your side, brace your abdominal muscles.

2. Bend your lower leg forward at the hip and support your trunk with your upper arm

3. Raise your upper leg off the floor and behind your body. Do not let your trunk sag backward.

4. Concentrate on keeping your core engaged, and feel this in your buttocks.

5. Repeat the leg lift ten times, then switch to the other side.
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