Physical Therapy Exercises for Hip Impingement

Femoroacetabular impingement is a condition of your hip or hips that can cause hip pain leg pain and limited mobility of the hip

The pain because of femoroacetabular impingement may prevent you  from performing your normal activities and recreational activities

This condition can be treated with the help of a physical therapist who can help you to regain your range of motion your flexibility, strength and improve your mobility as well

Strengthening and stretching exercises are vital parts for recovery from FAI. Some of the stretching and strengthening exercises are

Hip Flexor Stretch

For performing hip flexor stretch follow these steps

  • Get into such a position that only one knee is on the floor
  • This knee must be one  with a tight hip and you want to stretch
  • Your other foot should be flat in front of you
  • Keep your back straight and your chest up
  • Gently tighten your abdomen by drawing your belly button towards your spine
  • After this step tighten your buttocks
  • You will feel a gentle stretch in your hip maintain the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds

Piriformis stretch

For piriformis stretch follow these steps

  • Lie on your back
  • Lift your knee upward and opposite to the opposite shoulder
  • Grab your knee and gently pull it until you feel a stretch in your hips and buttocks hold it for 15 to 30 secs 
  • Repeat it 5 times

Hip strengthening

You may suffer from weakness in the muscles of your hip for this hip strengthening exercises are a must part of your exercise program there are many exercises which can help  you to build your muscle strength ask a physical therapist for the demonstration of different exercises which you can perform for strengthening your hips some of these exercises are

  • Ball bridges
  •  Simple Bridges
  • Clamshells
  • Isometric hip raise
  • Lateral band walking
  • Single leg bridges
  • Straight leg raises
  • Squats
  • Donkey kicks

Core Strengthening

You may also benefit from several core exercises because your abdomen, hip, and lower back muscles are all attached to the pelvis so strengthening core muscles can also help to fight with FIA.
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For the treatment of FIA physical therapists use exercises to strengthen and stretch the hip muscle as well as the core muscles which play a vital role in stabilizing hip muscles balance and functional training can also help to relieve the symptoms and restore the normal functions

Your physical therapist can create a specialized plan based on your needs and can show you how each exercise is done properly take proper guidance from them and keep a close eye on your progress as well

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