One-Legged Step Down

The difficulty performing the one-legged step down exercise lies in maintaining pelvic and knee position, as there’s a strong tendency to arch your back (which places extra stress on your spine) as well as allow the knee & pelvis to drift out of position.

This exercise targets your thigh, glutes and abdominal muscles.

Maintain position of your trunk, knees and pelvis during the exercise to facilitate muscle activation and joint protection.

If you’ve had a knee or low back injury, make sure your physical therapist clears you for performing this exercise first.

Starting Position

Place one foot on a raised surface and level your pelvis so as to protect your back. Next, pull your belly inward away from your pant line. Lean toward the opposite until your working knee is in line with the same shoulder.

Execution

While maintaining trunk/pelvic/knee position, bend your knee to 50 degrees and then back up to where the knee is almost extended completely.

Repeat as directed by your physical therapist.

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We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to perform any of our exercises without formal training from our physical therapists so as to avoid potential injury. The exercises shown have specific purpose and yield benefits when performed in conjunction with a complete therapy program that is customized to each patient. The only way this can be initiated is through an initial evaluation.

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