Hip Pain? 🙋♂️🙋♀️ What you NEED to know ‼ The hip joint is a synovial ball and socket joint that involves and articulation between the femoral head and acetabulum. The hip is considerably deeper and has an array of dense, strong connective tissue structures (ligaments, capsule and labrum). For this reason, hip laxity and subsequent subluxations or dislocations are uncommon except in very high force collisions such as automobile accidents. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ The movement of the pelvic girdle generally has an influence on the lumbar spine. For example if you posteriorly rotate your pelvis you'll also flex or your lower back or if you anteriorly rotate your pelvis you'll extend your lower back. Although this is a widely accepted relationship does the 'resting position' of the pelvis influence the curvature of the lumbar spine? 📚A study (Relationship between Hip Extension Range of Motion and Postural Alignment, 1990 by Heino et al) measured the pelvic tilt and lumbar lordosis of 25 healthy subjects (15 females and 10 males). They also measured hip extension ROM and abdominal muscle performance using the double leg lowering test (DLLT). Whats interesting is that the researchers found no correlation between an individual's standing pelvic tilt and their lumbar lordosis 🤔 This is interesting as 'pelvic posture assessments' are commonly used in physical therapy clinics and pilates studios to determine the angle of curvature at the lumbar spine however there may not be a relationship... 😶 As movement professionals we should be mindful of these studies before making judgements on people's pelvic/lumbar alignment. If you or someone you know suffers from Hip Pain please see your physical therapist or visit us in Burwood East, Melbourne to see one of our Myotherapists to fix your Hip Pain.