What is single-leg stance?

Unilateral Stance

Man doing the unilateral stance exercise

The unilateral stance will strengthen your stability. This exercise should only be done if you don't have any locking, clicking, or giving way in your injured knee.

  • Stand in front of a counter or chair with your hands lightly resting on the counter/chair.
  • Shift all of your weight to your injured leg, and stand only on the injured leg.
  • Stand just on that leg for 30 to 60 seconds, then put the other foot down and rest. Repeat 8 to 12 times during the day.
  • As long as there is no pain, you can make this exercise a little harder by slightly bending your injured knee and standing on just that leg. Hold 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat 8 to 12 times during the day.

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