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ACL Rehabilitation: Hamstring Stretch

Please contact your local VHA Rehabilitation Provider for appropriate guidance on completing the exercise described below.

Woman lying on mat with pillow supporting head. One knee is bent with foot flat on floor. Towel is looped around other knee. Woman is holding ends of towel and pulling to raise leg.

Begin your rehabilitation with exercises that develop muscle control. These help you meet basic goals, like driving a car or going back to work. Exercise as often as you’re advised. But stop right away if any exercise causes sharp or increasing pain. Icing your knee for 15–20 minutes after exercise can help prevent swelling and soreness.

  • Lie on your back with your good knee bent. Put a towel around the back of your injured leg. Tighten your stomach muscles.

  • Keeping the knee as straight as you can, slowly pull on the towel to bring your injured leg up. Raise it as far as you comfortably can.

  • Hold for 30-60 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times.

CAUTION: If you feel tingling or pain in your back or legs, you’re not yet ready for this exercise.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 5/15/2011
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