Just saw this as an interesting article and a potentially a result I was not fully expecting. As expected the researchers found decreased strength in the hip abductors when measuring with a handhold dynamomter which could be do to various reasons as they point out in the article including pain (although 2/3 reported no pain during testing), atrophy, and reduced neuro activation. Surprisingly the researchers did find INCREASED cross sectional area of the gluteal muscles in those with Chronic hip pain (ages 18-40).  It’s easy to presume that the CSA would be smaller such as studies found in hip OA. The researchers were not able to ascertain on why the gluteal muscles were actually larger and it may be due to increased fatty muscle infiltrate. They were unable to determine based on the MRI used. Looking forward to the next round of research and larger studies (only 30 participants).


Chronic hip joint pain (CHJP) can lead to limitations in activity participation, but the musculoskeletal factors associated with the condition are relatively unknown. Understanding the factors associated with CHJP may help develop rehabilitation strategies to improve quality of life of individuals with long-term hip pain.


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