Above-knee home exercises

Tom Williams /

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 an above-knee amputation keep your hip straight so that your thigh muscles don’t become tight which will draw the stump upwards.

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, drawing the lower part of the leg back and reducing your movement.

Good position
Bad position

It is important to stay active so doing special exercises can really help you to stay strong and keep on 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 to do if you have an above-knee amputation


Hold position at the top for 5 seconds then lower

Repeat 10 times

Hip abduction

Stabilise hips and upper body, controlled movement, up and down = 1 rep.

Repeat 10 times

Hip flexor stretch

Focus on pushing the residual limb downwards for 10 seconds. Rest for 5 seconds

Repeat 10 times

Hip extension

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!

Side to side balance

Support yourself and slowly shift your weight from side to side

Forward and backward balance

Use your arms to counterbalance whilst you rock from heel to toe


Sidestep cross over

Alternate which leg crosses over the front of your body.