Clinical examination and physical assessment of hip joint-related pain in athletes

Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2014 Nov;9(6):737-55.


Evidence-based clinical examination and assessment of the athlete with hip joint related pain is complex. It requires a systematic approach to properly differentially diagnose competing potential causes of athletic pain generation. An approach with an initial broad focus (and hence use of highly sensitive tests/measures) that then is followed by utilizing more specific tests/measures to pare down this imprecise differential diagnosis list is suggested. Physical assessment measures are then suggested to discern impairments, activity and participation restrictions for athletes with hip-join related pain, hence guiding the proper treatment approach.

Level of evidence: 5.

Keywords: Athlete; diagnostic accuracy; examination; hip joint.