By Brett Sears
Updated October 06, 2011
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The hips are large, weight-bearing joints that are subject to significant stress each day. If you have hip pain, some simple stretches and exercises may be enough to help decrease or eliminate your pain. Occasionally, you may require more advanced hip strengthening exercises to help maximize hip strength and improve functional mobility.
Some repetitive strain injuries of the hip, knee and ankle may be caused by weakness in the hip and core musculature. Many common running injuries and athletic injuries may be caused by weakness in the hips. Advanced hip strength exercises may be one component of your exercise program that can help improve hip strength, decrease pain, and improve your overall athletic performance.
Before starting any exercise program, be sure to check with your physician and physical therapist to ensure that exercise is appropriate for your specific condition and to learn the best exercises for you.
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