At Alpine, our physical therapists are dedicated to continually enhancing our skills. We meet monthly to share our clinical expertise in various areas.
This month we met to discuss retraining important muscles around the hip that provide stability in weight-bearing and promote pain-free range of motion when all is working correctly. The two muscles we targeted include the iliacus and the gluteus minimus. They are deep muscles, so retraining and strengthening them can often be difficult.
To overcome some of that difficulty we are using Ultrasound Imaging so we can see how these muscles are currently firing, and the client can see on the screen when they correctly or incorrectly activate these muscles. Using visual feedback can take your rehab from good to GREAT!
Just ask Leah Versteegen, PT who is recovering from an ACL injury and surgery. At first it was difficult for her to find these muscles, but with visual feedback, cueing, and practice she was able to get the right muscles firing. By the end of the demonstration, her hip felt tired but great!
Who might benefit this approach benefit? Almost anyone with hip, knee or low back pain or injury.
For more information visit our clinic webpage on the topic of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging by clicking here.