Lying wall slides are knee rehabilitation exercises to increase flexion of the knee.

Page updated July 2023 by Dr Sheila Strover (Clinical Editor)

Lying wall slide


Get help to position yourself facing a wall with both legs extended up the wall. This is the starting position.

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Allow the weight of the problem leg to help it slide down the wall.

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When it has gone as far as it can, use the good leg to help it up the wall again.


Passive flexion

The exercise is a passive flexion stretch, using the weight of the limb to gently force the knee into flexion. It may be easier to do the exercise with a helper and perhaps lie adjacent to a door opening, so that it is easier to swing the knees up.

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Assisted flexion

If a point is reached where the knee is too stiff to continue, then you can use the good leg to help it go down a little bit more.

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