TREATMENT DURING RECOVERY PHASE Stretching ■ Stretch ITB/TFL in Ober test position ■ Teach pelvic control to eliminate false hip adduction
■ Maintain neutral pelvis and emphasise prolonged stretch
■ Stretch after heat application ■ Where pain is limited to upper insertion consider crook lying adduction instead.
Manual therapy ■ Release TFL and gluteus medius trigger points. ■ Use a massage tool to save your hands! ■ Consider deep massage to ITB.
Muscle control ■ Postural endurance using inner range holding of gluteus medius in side lying
■ Progress to abduction/lateral rotation maintaining pelvic alignment
■ Kneeling and then standing pelvic weight shift
actions avoiding ‘hip dip’
■ Build endurance of single leg standing with pelvis neutral
■ Leg alignment ■ Teach lower limb alignment ■ Central foot (avoid pronation) ■ Centre of patella over 4th metatarsal ■ Maintain optimal alignment for 20-30 seconds, build to 8-10 reps
■ Use mini squat movement on block emphasising alignment
■ Consider orthotic prescription.
Sport preparation ■ Build lower limb alignment endurance ■ Step down activities ■ Slope running (emphasise downward action) ■ Side slope run ■ Build running progressively, increasing time of run and using rest pause (day on-day off)
■ Encourage maintenance of flexibility and gluteus medius endurance.
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