Activities of daily living are essential and routine tasks that are required for managing one’s basic physical needs. Limited ability to perform these activities may lead to increased risk of injury and decreased quality of life.
The importance of your hip joint
While activities of daily living require proper functioning of many muscle groups, normal hip range of motion and strength are most important for many daily activities. The hip joint serves as a connection between the upper body and the lower body meaning that it plays an important role in optimal functioning of the entire lower body. While certain joints in the body allow for simple flexion/extension movement patterns, the hip joint allows for movement in many directions including adduction, abduction, internal rotation, external rotation, flexion, and extension (see figure 1).