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Unveiling the Connection: How Your Pelvic Floor Impacts Hip Dysfunction


As a pelvic floor and orthopedic physical therapist, my passion lies in unraveling the intricate connections within the human body, especially when it comes to the lesser-known relationship between the pelvic floor and hip dysfunction. Many individuals are unaware that issues in one area can have a profound impact on the other, and understanding this interplay is crucial for overall well-being.



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The Hidden Link: Pelvic Floor and Hip Dysfunction

When we think about hip dysfunction, we often picture discomfort or pain in the hip joint itself. However, the pelvic floor, a group of muscles situated at the base of the pelvis, plays a vital role in hip function. These muscles are not only responsible for supporting the pelvic organs and spine but are also intricately tied to the muscles that influence the hip joint.


Pelvic Floor and Hip Stability

One of the key connections between the pelvic floor and hip dysfunction lies in stability. The pelvic floor muscles work in tandem with the deep hip muscles to provide stability to the pelvic region. Dysfunction in the pelvic floor can lead to imbalances, affecting the alignment and stability of the hips. This imbalance may contribute to hip pain, reduced range of motion, and altered movement patterns.


Impact on Posture and Alignment

The pelvic floor serves as a foundation for the entire core, influencing posture and alignment. When these muscles are weakened or imbalanced, it can result in a cascading effect, affecting the alignment of the pelvis and subsequently impacting the hips. This misalignment can contribute to issues such as hip impingement, muscle imbalances, and increased stress on the hip joints.


Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Hip Pain

Individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction, such as pelvic floor muscle tightness or weakness, may experience referred pain in the hips. This occurs due to the interconnected network of nerves and muscles in the pelvic region. Addressing pelvic floor issues through targeted physical therapy can, therefore, play a crucial role in alleviating hip pain and improving overall hip function.


Physical Therapy Interventions

For those dealing with hip dysfunction, a comprehensive approach that includes pelvic floor physical therapy can be transformative. Physical therapists specializing in pelvic floor health can assess and address issues related to pelvic floor muscle function, offering tailored exercises and interventions to enhance stability, reduce pain, and restore optimal hip function.



As a pelvic floor and orthopedic physical therapist, my mission is to shed light on the often-overlooked connection between the pelvic floor and hip dysfunction. By recognizing and addressing issues in both areas, individuals can embark on a journey towards improved mobility, reduced pain, and enhanced overall well-being. Remember, the body is a finely tuned symphony, and every muscle group plays a unique role in maintaining harmony.


If you want to learn more about Engage Health + PT, email drcaitlin@engagepttn.com or call/text 615-982-4062 today!

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