Hip rotation range of motion in people with and without low back pain who participate in rotation-related sports

Linda R.Van Dillen, Nancy J. Bloom, Sara P. Gombatto and Thomas M. Susco

The objective of this study was to examine whether passive hip rotation motion was different between people with and without low back pain (LBP) who regularly participate in sports that require repeated rotation of the trunk and hips. Forty-eight subjects who reported regular participation in a rotation-related sport participated and were divided into people with LBP and people without LBP.  People with and without a history of LBP were the same with regard to all participant-related, sport-related and activity-related variables. The LBP group had significantly less total rotation and more asymmetry of total rotation, right hip versus left hip than the NoLBP group.

Among people who participate in rotation-related sports, those with LBP had less overall passive hip rotation motion and more asymmetry of rotation between sides than people without LBP. These findings suggest that the specific directional demands imposed on the hip and trunk during regularly performed activities may be an important consideration in deciding which impairments may be most relevant to test and to consider in prevention and intervention strategies.

Physical Therapy in Sport, 2 April 2008, online article ahead of press

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