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Back & Neck

The spine runs from the back of the neck to the lower back and can be painful and stiff from problems such as arthritis and muscle stress.

Shoulders

These ball-and-socket joints move in almost all directions. Shoulders are prone to arthritis injury and fracture.

Elbows

Elbows can be affected by arthritis and repetitive use that can mean ongoing pain and stiffness.

Hips

These ball-and-socket joints move in almost all directions. Arthritis and osteoporosis can mean pain, stiffness or fracture.

Wrists, Hands & Fingers

Wrist, hand and finger joints are among the most important joints for performing daily activities.

Knees

The largest joints in the body, like the knees, are vulnerable to injury and arthritis.

Ankles

The ankle is a complex joint with many moving parts, making it vulnerable to injury and arthritis.

Foot, Heel & Toe

As the foundation of the body, feet bear the brunt of the weight. Arthritis and impact-related injuries are common in feet.

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Quadriceps Strengthening Lying On Your Back

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PRECAUTION: If you have osteoporosis or a back compression fracture, then check with your doctor before doing this exercise.

  • Bend your left knee and place your left foot flat on the bed or ground.
  • Tighten the muscle above your right knee, and bend your right ankle.
  • Lift your right leg from a few inches to no higher than your left knee, keeping your knee straight but not locked.
  • Hold for a count of 5.
  • Lower slowly.
  • Repeat 5 times to start, increasing to no more than 30 times.
  • Repeat with your left leg.

If you can easily do this exercise 30 times on each side without pain, you can add a 1- to 2-pound strap ankle weight to each leg and do the exercise as described. Start slowly, though, repeating 5 times to start and increasing to more than 30 times on each leg.

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