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At Home Assessments: The Hip

The Pelvis

Hip pain is confusing … but it doesn’t have to be. I struggled to find the best way to introduce this blog because there’s so much misinformation out there about conditions and dysfunctions tied into the hips. So, I decided the best way to start is with a basic anatomy lesson.

Anatomy of the Hip

Your pelvis, the strong and stable heart-shaped bowl that provides most of the structure for your ‘hips,’ is the true bridge between your low back (your spine) and your hip joint (the ball and socket connection formed between your thigh bone and  pelvis). If you have a dysfunction in one area, you’re bound to have a compensation in the other because they heavily rely on one another to accomplish everyday tasks such as standing and walking. Thus, providers diagnosing and treating based solely on where there is pain is ineffective at best and unfortunately quite dangerous in the long run. When proper care isn’t taken to establish an accurate diagnosis, the patient struggles to find a solution for their pain.

The Assessments

Because the low back and hip are so intimately tied together, I’d recommend going back to last week’s low back pain blog and performing those three tests and these tests together. Hint: If you can pass the tests below easily, the problem’s probably not in your actual hip joint.



While still lying on your back pull your knee to your chest one leg at a time.  The front of your thigh should easily touch the bottom of your rib cage without any pain, pinch or pressure in the front of the hip, groin, or outer leg. If you get any of these symptoms, the opposing leg raises up or the thigh falls short of the chest, the test is limited and you don’t get a pass.





Standing up, take a large step forward and drop the back knee to the ground; place a ruler adjacent to your down knee. Keep your body upright with your shoulders over your hips and move your hips forward *no cheating* -> keep those shoulders directly above your hips.  Place something straight against the prominent bony part of the front of your pelvis and measure how far the front of the hip moves down the ruler. Note what you feel in this position and record your measurement in inches. Switch sides and repeat. You pass the test if you have at least 12″ of movement and only mild stretching in the front of the hip. If not, the test is limited and you don’t pass.


If you have failed either of these tests or low back tests in the previous blog, you are putting yourself at a high risk for future injury. Limitations in these simple joint-specific mobility tests gives you a window into future function before your condition deteriorates past the conservative care window. Adhesion, the most common cause of limited mobility, acts like glue in muscle and ligaments making them weaker and less flexible. Fixing adhesion in the hips restores necessary range of motion and can only be done effectively and efficiently by a soft tissue expert trained in the Integrative Diagnosis™ system.

Integrative Diagnosis™ is the most advanced diagnosis and treatment system for solving musculoskeletal problems. If you been struggling with hip, low back or knee pain and want an accurate diagnosis please call our office at (515) 963-1641 for a complete and accurate diagnosis. Dr. Danielle Hommer at Balanced Body Soft Tissue & Spine is the only certified Integrative Diagnosis™ provider in central Iowa for treating chronic muscle, nerve, and joint problems.