Question:

Is the short arc quad exercise safe for those with low back pain? I tried the lying leg raise for my quads but it irritates my lower back. I am trying to strengthen my quads to help my knees.

Answer:

While I cannot make specific recommendations regarding your case without doing a thorough evaluation, I can offer some general information that may be helpful for you.

In general, the short arc quad will place less strain on the low back compared to lying leg raises. The short arc quad exercises will also work to strengthen the quadriceps muscles. How much it strengthens the muscle will depend a bit on how your current strength is and how much weight you are adding at the ankle.

It is hard to prescribe other exercises that strengthen the quads without first doing a thorough exam, especially considering that your low back is also an issue. You would benefit from an evaluation by a physical therapist to determine the cause of your low back and knee pain. After an evaluation, a physical therapist would be able to prescribe exercises to strengthen in the places where there are specific strength deficits.


**This reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.