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straight leg raise exercises.
Lie completely flat on the bed, or on the floor, with your head on a pillow and bend the knee that you are not exercising (Fig A).
Pull the foot of your affected leg back towards you while pressing the back of the knee down onto the bed or floor (the heel may lift from the bed as you do this).
You should feel and see the muscle at the front of the thigh tightening (Fig B).
Keep the knee as straight as possible and raise the whole leg no more than 6 inches from the bed (Fig C), hold for a couple of seconds then lower the whole leg slowly keeping the knee fully straight at all times.
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