Side-Lying Hip Abduction
The difficulty performing the side-lying hip abduction exercise lies in maintaining trunk position, as there’s a strong tendency to arch your back (which places extra stress on your spine) as well as allow the foot to drift out of position.
This exercise targets your hip (gluteus medius) and trunk muscles.
Maintain position of your trunk, foot and head during the exercise to facilitate muscle activation and joint protection.
If you’ve had a shoulder or low back injury, check with your physical therapist first.
Lie down on your side against a wall so that your glutes and entire back are against the wall (i.e., pull your shoulder blades back but do not arch your back). Next, pull your belly inward away from your pant line. Set your leg so it is parallel to the ground.
While maintaining trunk/head position, raise your leg until hip contraction stops you, then lower to starting position. DO NOT arch your back!
Repeat as directed by your physical therapist.
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We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to perform any of our exercises without formal training from our physical therapists so as to avoid potential injury. The exercises shown have specific purpose and yield benefits when performed in conjunction with a complete therapy program that is customized to each patient. The only way this can be initiated is through an initial evaluation.
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