One of the first steps to dealing with groin pain is to restore proper range of motion (ROM) around the hips. Side note: ROM is also referred to as flexibility or mobility. Although joint mobility in physical therapy refers to an involuntary movement of the bones in the joint, the term mobility is often used… Read more
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At this point I thought it would be a good idea to recap all the things we’ve discussed over the last week. Below is a summary of the process I take when an athlete comes to me reporting groin pain. 1. Question about the nature of the pain When did the pain/discomfort start? Was there… Read more
The final step in our groin pain analysis is to look at a few movement patterns and see if you can pick up on any “abnormal” movement. Nothing too complicated here. Basically we just want to have them perform a couple double-leg and single-leg movements and note the positions of the femurs, hip, and… Read more
Coming down the home stretch of the groin/hip pain analysis… A couple simple tests I’ve borrowed from Shirley Sahrmann and Stuart McGill to assess hip and “core” strength: The Seated Psoas Test, Lying Hip Abduction Test, Front Plank Endurance Test, and Side Plank Endurance Test. The Seated Psoas Test involves testing the strength and… Read more
Sahrmann’s Quadruped Rocking Exercise, that I’ve mentioned a couple times in the last few weeks, can reveal a lot of valuable information about hip flexion range of motion. My interpretation of a conversation I had with Sahrmann is that 8-10 reps of quadruped rocking should loosen up any soft tissue restrictions. If it doesn’t, the… Read more