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FAI Rehab Protocol Part 5: Flexibility and Mobility

FAI Rehab Protocol Part 5: Flexibility and Mobility - themanualtherapist.com

Exercise Rehab Protocol
Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome (FAI)

[SERIES] 5/5 - click for parts 2 - Posutral Exercises, 3 - Core Exercises, 4 - Hip Strengthening Exercises


Flexibility and mobility exercises should not elicit pain and should be performed at least 1 to 2 times per day.

Static stretches should be held for 15 to 30 seconds.

Static stretching, myofascial release using lacrosse balls and foam rollers, and self-mobilization techniques can improve flexibility and mobility in all of the hip and lower extremity muscles.

Dynamic drills should be performed within a painfree ROM with proper posture, such as:
  • Internal and external hip rotation.
  • Pendulum swings.
  • Kickers.
  • Traveling lunges.
Flexibility of the lower extremity muscles can be evaluated using:
  • Thomas test.
  • Ober test.
  • Hamstring Flexibility test.
  • Hip External Rotation test.
Patients who pursue nonoperative approaches often have the same goals as patients who choose surgery: to return to the preinjury or sport-performance level.

In 6 weeks, some successful outcomes could include:
  • Pain levels at 0 - 2/10 with repetitive transitions from supine to sitting and sitting to standing.
  • Able to walk on varied terrain.
  • Jog for at least 30 minutes.
  • Complete sport-specific tasks that involve cutting, jumping, and pivoting.
Dalton Urrutia, MSc PT

Dalton is a Physical Therapist from Oregon, currently living and running the performance physiotherapy clinic he founded in London for Grapplers and Strength & Conditioning athletes. Dalton runs the popular instagram account @physicaltherapyresearch, where he posts easy summaries of current and relevant research on health, fitness, and rehab topics. 
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