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Effect of increased pushoff during gait on hip joint forces

Can increased push-off during gait reduce hip joint forces?

It has been suggested that high anteriorly directed forces from the femur on the acetabulum may predispose to anterior acetabular labral tears and anterior hip pain. While producing greater push-off reduces sagittal plane hip moments, it is unclear whether this gait modification also decreases hip joint forces. The aim of the following study was to investigate the result of increasing push-off on forces at the hip joint.

The observed decrease in anterior hip joint force suggests that this gait modification would be beneficial for people with anterior hip pain and/or an acetabular labral tear. 

> From: Lewis et al., J Biomech (2014-12-10 07:28:37) (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to Elsevier B.V. . Click here for the online summary.

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