Carol is 40 years with three young children. She is an active runner and tennis player. She likes to do a couple of runs a week and try and get one game of tennis in, sometimes more during the better weather. She started to train for a half marathon and used her trusted method of two short runs a week and one longer one. She came to see me with right hip / thigh pain after a busy fortnight at work and training. She recovered but noticed that at the end of tennis match she felt uncomfortable around her right hip and thigh.
I examined her by getting her to do normal everyday movements like walking, squatting, and twisting. These showed up a few asymmetries that I believe lead to her symptoms. She felt more comfortable walking on her left side rather than right. She had a shorter stride on her left side, when she walked her right hip / pelvis looked 'stuck', and the bunion developing in her right foot meant she did not bend her right big toe a lot (ouch) !
The question is why ? I got her to do some of the exercises in the video, plus a few more, and observed. I asked her if she had spent any time warming up and preparing for her exercise...........no she said ! A young family , a sedentary job, and a stiff big right toe meant she was not extending her right hip much running or doing everyday activities. This lack of movement was aggravating the bunion, and putting more strain on her back. So you see everything is connected and to see where the problem is coming from you need to have a full active examination.