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Resisted abduction


The subject lies supine and relaxed with both hips slightly abducted. The examiner stands at the foot-end of the couch and places both hands on the lateral aspect of the lower legs, just proximal to the ankles.


Resist the abduction movement.

Common mistakes.

Anatomical structures tested:

Muscle function:

• Imporlanl abdllclors:
– Gluteus medius
– Gluteus minimus
– Tensor fasciae latae
– Gluteus maximus
• Accessory abdllctors:
– Piriformis
– Sartorius.

Common pathological situations:

• Pain may be the result of compression of an inflamed gluteal bursa.
• Alternatively it may originate from stress placed upon strained or inflamed sacroiliac ligaments.
• In congenital dislocation of the hip the movement shows some weakness.

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