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Simple exercises can reduce hamstring cramping

Physical therapist Tracey Wagner and colleagues described a case report of a competitive triathlete suffering from right hamstring cramping. The patient had bilateral hamstring tightness and bilateral gluteus maximus weakness. Dynamic assessment of gait, lunge, and step-down movements was performed. The therapists noted that a lack of knee extension in midstance and terminal swing bilaterally […]

The “Clam-Shell” Hip Exercise

Thera-Band®-resisted exercises are becoming more popular not only for hip rehabilitation, but also for knee rehabilitation and for sports-performance training. Recently, Dr. Dawn Gulick published a clinical application article on a popular hip external rotation exercise, the “Clam-Shell,” in Orthopedic Practice. In her article, Dr. Gulick stated that the Clam-Shell exercises can “reduce knee valgus, […]

Researchers show hip strengthening can reduce knee osteoarthritis pain

Knee osteoarthritis is characterized by a wearing-down of the cartilage, usually around the end of the femur bone. Depending on the repetitive forces placed on the knee, osteoarthritis may be more predominant in a specific area. One of the most common areas of cartilage damage in knee osteoarthritis is the medial aspect, and is often […]

Thera-Band exercise program can improve lower limb biomechanics in females

Female athletes are particularly susceptible to anterior knee pain and injury to their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This increased risk is thought to result from poor dynamic control of the hip and knee, particularly when the foot hits the ground. The inability to control hip adduction, knee valgus, and internal rotation in the transition from […]

Thera-Band Hip Exercise Reduces Anterior Knee Pain

Anterior knee pain is often associated with hip muscle weakness of the abductors, extensors and external rotators. Dr. Vladimir Janda noted these muscles were particularly susceptible to inhibition and weakness. Hip weakness is particularly prevalent in females with anterior knee pain. This hip weakness is thought to result in abnormal forces occurring at the knee […]

Active Aging Today Series: Thera-Band Exercises for Hip Osteoarthritis and Replacement

Exercises for Hip Osteoarthritis and Replacement by Dr. Phil Page Hip osteoarthritis and replacement are often associated with residual weakness of the hip muscles. Thera-Band Resistance Bands and Stability Trainers are often used for hip osteoarthritis programs both before and after hip replacement. Download and read the article with exercises here. REFERENCE: Page P. Exercises […]

Abduction exercise after hip replacement: is there an optimal progression?

Patients undergoing total hip replacement often have weak hip abductor muscles before and after surgery. One of the most common hip exercises is sidelying hip abduction using an ankle weight. While this may be an effective exercise to activate the gluteus medius muscle, open-chain, non-weight bearing hip abduction is not specific to the function of […]

Exercise with Thera-Band® Stability Trainers helps improve dynamic balance in patients with hip osteoarthritis and replacement

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are over 200,000 hip replacements performed each year in the United States. The most common reason for hip replacement is osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. “Hip School,” an exercise program for patients with osteoarthritis and hip replacement was developed in Germany in 1995 by […]

New Lower Body Stretches for Tennis Players

Application of Controlled Movement and Proprioceptive Challenge to Lower Body Stretching for Elite Tennis Players By Michal Novotny PT and Todd Ellenbecker DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS Injuries to the lower extremities in elite tennis players are prevalent due to the multidirectional movements inherent in tennis play coupled with the repetitive loading and often extreme […]

Hip exercise for strength, stability (

Posted on, professional baseball player Jeff Keppinger, demonstrated exercises that strengthen and balance hip muscles, using a looped exercise band.