How can I strengthen my knees?

Strengthen your knees with exerciseThere are many different knee exercises you can do to strengthen the joints and the muscles and connectors that control and support them. Make sure you stretch your quads and calves regularly to keep them from getting too tight. Walk up stairs and build quad muscle strength.

Activities like the hamstring curls with an exercise ball build the backs of your legs—prop your feet up on an exercise ball, lift your hips off the ground, and pull the ball toward yourself using just your legs. You can also do this while standing. Hold onto a chair or counter to balance, and then bend your leg at the knee so your foot rises straight behind you.

Balance exercises strengthen your knee joints as well. Stand on one leg and gently swing the other leg side-to-side. Balancing on one leg and gently bending your supporting knee is another option. The best way to build up your knee joints, of course, is to use a plan tailored for your needs. Our teams at Castle Pines Physical Therapy and Cherry Creek Physical Therapy are happy to help you get the joint care you need. Make an appointment online, or by calling our Colorado offices at (303) 805-5156.