Post surgery the ‘straight leg raise‘ test can be a substantial indicator test of the strength of your knee. It is a measure of both the strength of your knee and quadriceps and the extent or amount of recuperation that has taken place since the surgery.
A broken patella (the kneecap) is also often tested using the straight leg raise challenge or test. The reasons for this test assuming such crucial importance are manifold. The most important of these reasons is the combination of bodily movements that need to take place for completion of the exercise of the straight leg raise. The test or challenge or exercise involves movements from bones, muscles and ligaments surrounding your knee. Quite obviously not every bone, muscle and ligament around the knee need to contribute for successful completion. But those that determine the amount of strength of your patella contribute vitally.
Quadriceps of the leg which needs to be raised straight along with the patella of the knee and ligaments located above and below the patella all need to contribute simultaneously. Unless the contributions are made substantially and in a synchronized manner the exercise cannot be completed successfully to the extent desired.
Various physiotherapists advise this test to assess the amount of damage that the patella has undergone during an accident. There are several other occasions when the straight leg raise test is used for assessing the strength of the patella. In patients with physical disability, various orthopedic doctors make use of this test. The purpose is to make an assessment of the underlying weak body part that is contributing to physical disability whether natural or accidental.
Raising of the whole leg without a bend at the knee is also used by many physiotherapists as an important exercise to further the recuperation in a patient’s knee. Regular performance of the straight leg raise leads to a gradual increase in the strength of a person’s knee area. The patella benefits significantly in terms of power upon regular performance of the straight-leg-raise.
This exercise is one of the mandatory exercises for those patients who have undergone knee surgery without catastrophic damage. For those who want to entertain hopes of ever walking without support in a proper manner, this is a real blessing and contributes significantly in the recuperation process. Initially, this can be extremely tough to perform and most post surgery patients aren’t able to complete even one rep for this exercise.
However, after your doctor okays it you must persist and stay determined. Slowly but surely you will start completing more and more reps of the exercise. The work done in the initial phase post surgery, 2-3 weeks after surgery, can be detrimental to your cause and dreams of walking properly without support from crutches. After your quadriceps have gained some measure of strength and ability the straight leg raise gradually becomes easier to perform. This, in turn, ensures that the patella continues to grow in from the physical as well as physiological point of view.Read More