MUSCLE OF THE DAY: Iliopsoas
The hip joint, consisting of the pelvis & femur, is a ball & socket joint that has 40 muscles connected to it. The iliopsoas (actually 2 muscles, the iliacus and psoas) are the main flexors of the hip, meaning these are the muscles that bring your knee towards your stomach. Having strong Iliopsoas is important for daily activities like walking, going up stairs, as well as exercises like sit-ups and running.
Common injuries to the hip: FAI (Femoroacetabular Impingement)
FAI (Femoroacetabular Impingement) Syndrome is a condition in which the hip structure has been altered, either genetically, or more commonly through physical stresses. When someone is diagnosed with FAI, they will present with a CAM Impingement (thickening on the femoral neck), a PINCER impingement (deepening of the hip socket), or a combination of both IN CONJUNCTION with pain/symptoms. It is not uncommon for labral tears to be present with FAI Syndrome as well. This article will focus on exercises for FAI syndrome that individuals can use to manage their associated hip pain!
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