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Strengthening Hips Eases Leg Pain: Study

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2015 04:24 PM

People with clogged leg arteries can find relief by strengthening their hips, a new study finds.

Twenty percent of people over 50 suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD), a narrowing of the arteries in the legs and other parts of the body, which restricts blood flow and results in pain and difficulty walking.

Researchers used a 3D motion analysis system to compare the walking patterns of patients who had moderately blocked leg arteries and leg pain.

They discovered that people with PAD had an abnormal way of walking in which they relied more on the muscles in the back of their calves (their ankle flexors), rather than using their hip muscles, or hip flexors.

The scientists suggest that people with PAD should have their gait evaluated by a physical therapist or other expert, and based on the evaluation, a combination of muscle training and walking exercise may increase their mobility and decrease leg pain.

Exercises to strengthen the hip flexors include: straight-leg lifts while lying on the back (keeping the other leg bent with your foot on the floor); and raising and holding one knee toward your chest while seated, said the researchers.

They presented their study at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology/Peripheral Vascular Disease Scientific Sessions earlier this week.


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