Above-knee home exercises

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Your body may be different to before but it is still invaluable, even with the changes you have gone through. Be proud of what your body has survived and take good care of it.

How you position your stump matters 

If you have had an above-knee amputation it is important to stretch the muscles at the front of your hip to prevent them from becoming tight. Lying on your front regularly can help to do this. Keep your hip straight and flat on the bed.

Good position
Bad position

If you have a below knee amputation keep your hip and knee straight when possible. This will stop the muscles tightening at the back of the knee, causing your knee to bend and reducing your movement

Good position
Bad position

It is important to stay active so doing exercises can help to keep you strong and moving around. Get people in your household to learn the exercises too, they can join in as well as checking you are doing them correctly.

Exercises For Above-knee Amputation


Bend your sound leg and lift your bottom up. You may need a support under your altered limb to begin with. Try and keep your hips level.

Hold position at the top for 5 seconds then lower

Repeat 10 times

Hip abduction

Lying on your side, keep your hips level with your upper body. Lift your altered limb upwards and slowly lower.

Repeat 10 times

Turn over and do the same of the other side.

Hip flexor stretch

Bend your sound leg towards your chest and hold your knee.

Focus on pushing your altered limb downwards for 30 seconds. Rest for 5 seconds

Repeat 10 times

Hip extension

Lie on your front.

Hold the limb elevated for 10 second, lower slowly. For below-knee amputees keep the knee straight through the movement.

Repeat 10 times

Get a family member or a friend to stand by at first, just to be safe! You may need to use your walking aid for the below exercises:

Weight Transfer

Support yourself on a solid surface e.g. a table.

Slowly shift your weight onto your prosthetic side and then back to your other side.

Forward and backwards balance

Use your arms for balance whilst you transfer your weight forwards and backwards through your feet.


Stand with a solid surface close by e.g. a table, keeping your hands hovering above if needed.

Slowly step towards your prosthetic side 5-10 times.

Return towards your other side.

Sidestep cross over

Alternate which leg crosses over the front of your body.