Hip abduction is a knee rehabilitation exercise to improve range of motion of the hip and to strengthen the hip abductor muscles.
The importance of hip muscle strengthening
Hip abduction is the movement of taking the leg away from the midline. Being able to move freely in that direction is important in moving to the side, gliding out of the car, and in rotational movements. The exercise strengthens the gluteus medius, gluteus minimus and the tensor fasciae lata muscles. Good hip abduction will benefit patients undertaking knee rehabilitation, especially for knock-knees (valgus).
Does the addition of hip strengthening exercises improve outcomes following total knee arthroplasty? A study protocol for a randomized trial. Schache MB, McClelland JA and Webster KE. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016; 17: 259.
See also -
- Hip flexions
- Hip adduction
- Hip flexion and adduction
- Hip extensions
- Hip external rotation
- Hip external rotation and abduction