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Table 3 Protocolized home exercise program exercises and progression

From: The TeMPO trial (treatment of meniscal tears in osteoarthritis): rationale and design features for a four arm randomized controlled clinical trial

Targeted Musclesa Initial Intermediate Advanced
Stretches Hamstrings 2x30sb Quadriceps 2x30s Hamstrings 2x30s Quadriceps 2x30s Hamstrings 2x30s Quadriceps 2x30s
Gluteus Maximus Bent over hip extension with knee bent without weight; OR Bridging Bent over hip extension with knee bent with weight (1–5 lbs) Bent over hip extension with knee bent with weight (6–10 lbs)
Gluteus Medius Side-lying straight leg lift without weight; OR Clamshell Side-lying straight leg lift with weight (1–5 lbs) Side-lying straight leg lift with weight (6–10 lbs)
Quadriceps Straight leg raise without weight; OR Seated knee extension without weight Straight leg raise with weight (1–5 lbs); OR Seated knee extension with weight (1–5 lbs) Straight leg raise with weight (6–10 lbs); OR Seated knee extension with weight (6–10 lbs)
Hamstrings Standing knee bent without weight Standing knee bent with weight (1–5 lbs) Standing knee bent with weight (6–10 lbs)
Functional Mini wall squats Regular chair squat Staggered leg chair squat
  1. aAll exercises, except where indicated were done in 3 sets of 12 reps 4 times per week. Subjects were encouraged to begin at as low as 3 sets of 8 reps and work their way to 12 repetitions per set as tolerated
  2. b2x30s refers to two reps of a 30 s hold of each stretch