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Strengthening Exercise for the Muscles on the Side of the Hip

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HealthWiki > Disabled Village Children > Chapter 42: Range-of-Motion and Other Exercises > Strengthening Exercises to Help Your Child Have Stronger Thighs


boy sitting on table holding leg up
Let's see how long I can hold it: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12...
Raise your leg and hold it up until you cannot hold it up any longer. Then lower it as slowly as you can. Repeat as many times as possible (until you cannot lift the leg more).

Do this exercise 2 or 3 times a day.

girl lying on her side bending her leg with leg support
If her thigh is quite weak, have her straighten and bend her leg lying sideways. She may need to have the leg supported.
a child lifting her leg up while adult holds it
You lift. I'll help.
boy lying down a lilfting his foot with sand bag attached to it
If the child cannot straighten her leg by herself, help her, but ask her to use all her strength too. When his thigh is stronger, put a little bag of sand on his ankle so that he will use more strength to raise it.
It also helps to stand on the leg, then bend as far as possible and straighten again. Repeat many times.
girl standing on one leg bending knee while holding on for support
boy walking up stairs while holding handrail
If the leg gets strong enough, practice going up and down steps. Start with low steps and slowly progress to higher ones.
girl with crutches and her fmaily walking up a hill
homemade tricycle
homemade tricycle
Climbing hills or riding a tricycle or bicycle also helps strengthen the thighs.

This page was updated:19 Jan 2018