Lab Class 13

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lab class:

  • You will be able to execute joint play movements in the hip joint.
  • You will be able to examine the hip joint for labral tears and abductor weakness.
  • You will be able to assess muscular pathologies around the hip joint.

Joint Play & Special Testing: Hip

Welcome to lab class 13!

As you already know the theory behind joint play and special testing, let's start with the hip joint.

Special Testing

  • The Trendelenburg Test/Sign for hip abductor weakness or hip instability (e.g. in osteoarthritis)
  • The Patrick's Test for limitation in hip range of motion

Here are some special tests for muscle tightness around the hip joint:



1) As muscle Tightness is a common problem seen in practice it's important that you can explain why some muscles "feel tight". Conduct some research on the topic. There is also a Physiotutors video on the topic if your search yields no results 😉

2) Practice the tests on multiple students.

Preparation for next week:

1) Revisit knee ligamentous anatomy. What are mechanisms of injury for ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL lesions. Place them in the forum or Google Drive!