How Hips Can Cause Back Pain

2 Simple Tests To See If Your Hips Are Causing Your Back Pain You can easily check your hip motion by doing the following tests. If you discover your hip motion is limited, you feel pain or strong discomfort, it’s time to get your hips checked by our physical therapy professionals. Try these tests and see how mobile your hips are:

Hip Mobility Test • Lie on your back with your legs straight out. • Cross one ankle above the other knee cross legged in a figure 4 position. • Keep your ankle pressed on the other leg, but now lower the raised knee to the side. Does it lower close to the ground? • Repeat on the other side and see if there is a difference. • This might indicate a hip motion problem and cause pain in the back on that side or even the opposite side. Hip Squatting Test

• Keep your knees parallel facing forward. • Squat down as far as you can keeping your feet and heels flat on the floor. • If you feel a lot of pressure in your knees or calf muscles, you could have a hip movement problem. • Try again in front of a mirror. Does your body want to go to one side? This can indicate a hip motion problem on one side.

Your physician may refer you for physical therapy that is to be provided in the physician’s office, or to a facility in which the physician has a financial interest. Be aware that you have the right to choose your own physical therapist. You are not obligated to receive physical therapy in any specific facility. Always insist that your physical therapy be provided by a licensed physical therapist. Physical therapists who are members of APTA are bound by the association’s Code of Ethics and are especially committed to providing competent and compassionate care. All of our Physical Therapists are long standing members of the APTA. From The American Physical Therapy Association

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