Heel slides are knee rehabilitation exercises to improve early range of motion and decrease swelling.
The importance of regaining range of motion
When the knee has been injured there may be excess blood or joint fluid in the joint cavity, making it hard to get rehab going. Also the quadriceps muscles are easily inhibited after injury. Heel slides gently improve range of motion, and this helps to decrease swelling and restore quads muscle activity.
Osteoarthritis After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. The Importance of Regaining and Maintaining Full Range of Motion Shelbourne KD, Freeman H and Gray T. Sports Health. 2012 Jan; 4(1): 79–85.
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