I have had a student with me for the past 8 weeks which has given me the opportunity to share some of the insight and knowledge gained in the last 11 years of practicing as a PT. It opened my eyes a little to the fact I tend to do a lot of the same exercises with patients. I guess there are just some exercises that I gravitate to for different reasons. Some address areas that are often forgotten, some work many different muscle groups so you get more bang for your buck, and some translate easy to a home program for the patient to continue with when his or her therapy is done. It gave me the idea to do a series on exercises that I love. I’m sure other physical therapists might argue for some other exercises, but these were the first ones to come to mind. So here we go with the first one, check back soon for the others.
Step Up with Rotation: This is an exercise that I use a lot with patients after an ACL injury as part of the post operative rehab. Once they are able start doing some higher level strengthening, this is a good one to work on balance and leg alignment. After they perform the normal step up, I have them hold the other leg up and then do some trunk rotation while keeping the knee pointed over the toe. You can have them hold onto a medicine ball also to make it a little harder to control the motion.
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