Fire Up Your Glutes! Part 2

Learning About the Trendelenburg Sign- Frontal Plane

If you have any pain, please consult with your physician or physical therapist prior to attempting any of the movements suggested. This content is intended for clients who have been screened in the Foundations/ Practical Strength curriculum.

As we noted last week, there is this strong connection between the gluteals and the knee joints. It is a fact that many people experiencing knee pain have a quadricep dominant pattern, overusing their quads and underusing their posterior muscles.

We explored this further during the dynamic squat test (if you missed last week’s post you can catch up here).

During this week’s writing, we will explore how some of the glutes (the glute medius/ glute minimus) are used when we bear weight. We will look at what the absence of this strength means for both the hip and knee joints.

First a little clinical anecdote (names have been changed, of course).

A couple of years back, Sophia came to see me after being referred by another patient of mine. She had been having hip pain for years. And though she regularly did cardio, she had never been to physical therapy or engaged in any form of strength training.