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Table 4 Protocolized home exercise program and progression

From: A consensus-based process identifying physical therapy and exercise treatments for patients with degenerative meniscal tears and knee OA: the TeMPO physical therapy interventions and home exercise program

Exercise target* Initial Intermediate Advanced
Stretches Hamstrings 2x30s**
Quadriceps 2x30s
Hamstrings 2x30s
Quadriceps 2x30s
Hamstrings 2x30s
Quadriceps 2x30s
Gluteus Maximus strengthening 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 strengthening 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 strengthening 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 strengthening Standing knee bends without weight Standing knee bends with weight (1–5 lbs) Standing knee bends with weight (6–10 lbs)
Functional exercises Mini wall squats Regular chair squat Staggered leg chair squat
  1. *All exercises, except where indicated are done in 3 sets of 12 repetitions (reps) 4 times per week. Patients are encouraged to begin at as low as 3 sets of 8 reps and work their way to 12 reps per set as tolerated
  2. ** 2x30s refers to two reps of a 30 s hold for each stretch