A straight leg raise is knee rehabilitation exercise to strengthen the quads muscles, but it is also used by surgeons to give a quick idea of the activity of the quads after surgery.

straight leg raise neutral position

Starting position for straight leg raise.

straight leg raise

The straight leg being slowly elevated.

straight leg raise exercise

Hold in this position for a few seconds and gradually return the leg to the bed.

Quadriceps muscle inhibition

After any insult to the knee, the quads muscle may exhibit reflex inhibition, and appear to be weak. Early encouragement of the quads is essential to minimise the impact on rehabilitation.

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