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Category Archives: Hip

21 Jan, 2019

Ever feel like you’ve overstretched a muscle?

A common cause of hip pain that we treat at Loudoun Sports Therapy Clinic is a hamstring injury. The hamstring muscle group is located on the back side of the thigh and is made up of three muscles. These three muscles originate on the hip bone and attach at the knee joint. When these muscles

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7 Jan, 2019

It Bears a Large Brunt of Our Weight

By: Rachel Herrmann, DPT, PT The hip joint is one of the most stable joints in the body, but unfortunately that does not keep this joint and region of the body from developing issues and producing pain. There are multiple structures in and around the hip joint that can produce pain in this area of

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31 Dec, 2018

What does the IT band do and how do IT band problems start?

By: Mike Bills, MS PT What is the IT band and how do problems start here? There are a number of muscles on the outside of your hip that attach to the IT band. The job of all of these muscles is to keep the hip joint structures open, help support the joint and then

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31 Dec, 2018

Trouble standing up or sitting down because of hip pain?

People frequently come to physical therapy with different complaints involving the hip. The number one complaint being pain localized to the hip joint and muscles surrounding the joint. Some people also experience stiffness in and around the hip and even the lower back. These issues create difficulty moving the joint and generalized weakness in the

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29 Oct, 2018

Tightness or pulling sensations on the outside of the leg?

By: Kiara Holmes, ATC Knock Knock! Who’s there? IT Band IT Band who? IT Band me from the system again and said they’re gonna keep a tight watch on me! There’s some fun physical therapy humor for you! Today we’re going to talk about the IT band. So what is the IT band?  First of all,

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22 Oct, 2018

Trouble lying on one side because of discomfort?

By Cierra Washington, ATC Bursitis. Tendonitis. Muscle Strains. Labral Tears. Hip impingement. Osteoarthritis. These are all common hip issues that can be seen throughout all ages and activity levels. The hip is a ball-and-socket joint that allows for multi directional movement, as well as rotation. The hip joint, also known as the acetabulum, gets its

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9 Oct, 2018

Ever felt sharp discomfort when climbing stairs?

By: Angie Austin, LPTA Hip problems make daily activities like simply walking difficult and painful. When you talk to your physical therapist or doctor about your hip pain, it’s important to be able to describe exactly where your pain is located. This helps confirm that your hip is actually the problem. It’s not uncommon for

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4 Oct, 2018

What are the core muscles and what do they do?

By: Rachel Herrmann, DPT, PT When most people think of the core, they think of the abdominals and doing sit-ups and generally know that one needs to have good core strength. Beyond that, most people don’t know much else about the core. So what are the core muscles and what do they really do? The

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11 Sep, 2018

Problems in the body’s largest ball and socket joint

By: Jessica Freedman, ATC The hip is the largest ball and socket joint in the human body. The joint consists of the head of the femur articulating with the rim of the pelvis, with a ring of cartilage (the labrum) sitting between the two bones. When functioning properly, the hip joint allows us to move

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4 Sep, 2018

IT Band Syndrome or Lower Body Discomfort Impacting Activities

By Cierra Washington, ATC You’ve probably heard of IT Band syndrome. But what is it exactly? Let’s start with the name. The ‘IT’ refers to the iliotibial band that runs along the outer portion of the thigh. When people refer to the IT band, they often have the misconception that it’s a muscle. Actually, the

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