At UPMC Sports Surgery Clinic, we model our rehabilitation programmes on the most up-to-date, research-proven principles. These programmes are generally a multi-stage process, and the stages vary between individuals and the level of activity they wish to return to. In general, after your assessment, we will initially focus on optimising your hip mobility, alongside the control and activation of the deep hip stabiliser muscles such as the hip flexors, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. These muscles play a huge role in the biomechanics of the hip joint and by ensuring adequate strength and control of them, we can maximize the pain-free range of movement about the hip.
Another key component of the programme is the correction of inefficient movement patterns and postures. Compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts and lunges performed with meticulous technique are often utilised to re-train the body into more effective movement patterns.
A final stage of rehabilitation focuses on your own specific needs and goals. For some, this may mean getting back to day to day pain-free function or being able to walk the dog without pain, while others may wish to get back running, golfing or other more strenuous pursuits. Through video analysis, we have the means to assess your golf swing, your running style or your footwork on the tennis court. We can then prescribe individual need-specific rehabilitation to optimise your function in your leisure pursuits, keeping you healthy and active for longer.
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