“How Healthy Are Your Hips?” TRY THESE SIMPLE TESTS TO SEE IF YOUR HIPS ARE CAUSING YOUR BACK PAIN
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 or hip discomfort on that side. 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 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.
WALL SQUAT Strengthen your quadricep muscles by standing with back against wall. Perform a squatting motion, sliding down the wall. Hold for 10 seconds. Rise up, straightening at the hip. Repeat 6 times.
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