EXTREMITY REHABILITATION

HIP

Because of the wide variety of possible movements of the hip joint, it is essential that exercise be conducted as soon as possible after injury, without aggravating the condition. When exercise is begun it should be practiced within a pain free range of movement. The exercise program should be organized to start with resistance free movement leading to eventual resistive exercises.

1)Hip Flexion

Lying on the back or supporting with the elbows, keep the leg straight while flexing the hip as far as possible without pain and then let it down slowly.

2)Hip Abduction

Lying on the side with the injured hip up, lift the top leg up toward the ceiling as high as possible and then back down slowly.

3)Hip Adduction

Lying on the side with the injured hip down and keeping the top leg bent with the foot supporting behind, lift the bottom leg up as high as possible and then back down slowly.

4)Stretching the Iliopsoas

In a standing position, using a wall for support if necessary, bend the injured leg up behind you grasping at the ankle and stretch backward holding for 20 seconds each time.

Such exercises should be performed in sets of ten, working toward an ultimate program of three sets of ten, two or three times daily.

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