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What exercises can I do if I have a hip or knee injury?

Scott D. Martin, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
If you like to exercise regularly but need to give your hip or knee a rest while an injury heals, here are some exercises you can do in the meantime. You can combine these exercises to create a routine lasting 30 minutes or longer:
  • Floor exercises, including abdominal curls, crunches, push-ups, or leg lifts
  • Hand weight routines, including repeated lifting of small hand weights in different directions
  • Exercise ball routines, including stretches, abdominal curls, or leg lifts
  • Swimming
  • Gentle yoga
  • Bicycling, walking on level ground or on an elliptical trainer

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