Another exercise that can help to relieve arthritis symptoms is leg lifts. Leg lifts are beneficial to patients with hip or knee problems, as they provide a low-impact way of moving the joint. Sit on a flat chair with your knees at least two inches away from the chair. If you have concerns about balance, you can use a chair with armrests for safety. Then, slowly extend your leg straight out, raising it just slightly above the chair. Repeat this ten times on each leg, and add repetitions each week as you build endurance. You should feel some stretching in your leg, but if it is painful, stop and talk to your doctor before continuing.
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