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#7136 Practical Approach for Assessment & Treatment of Hip Dysfunction


The hip seems like a simple ball and socket joint; however, it seems to get injured frequently and requires rehabilitation. One of the most important functional movements of the hip is to ambulate effectively by adjusting to the ground terrain, maintaining balance, and allowing us to ambulate efficiently. Restoring the movement remains a challenging problem.

The rehabilitation specialist needs to be a detective and figure out why the hip joint does not move efficiently and/or what is cause of pain. The movements of the hip occur by over 19 muscles including 7 external rotators, 4 adductors, 3 abductors, a large extensor that is also labeled a strong external rotator of the hip and a flexor. The treatment of a non-functional hip or stiffness of the hip joint should not reproduce the pain that the patient has come to physical therapy to get rid of. The Hip mechanics help to reduce compressive forces throughout the lower limb, help to maintain our balance and act as ridge levers to push off from during walking, running, and jumping. 


The therapist needs to determine the muscle or often muscle groups that are weak or strained causing a change in gait, usually a painful gait. Shock wave, FOCUS wave, manual therapy and eccentric exercises will be reviewed in this course in order to restore movement and stability of the hip pain free. (Intermediate Level)


Instructor:Robert Donatelli, Ph.D, PT


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#7136 Practical Approach for Assessment & Treatment of Hip Dysfunction

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