While I treat a vast number of knee ailments in my practice, the focus of my training and rehab is often more proximally directed at the hip. Understanding the role of hip muscles and how the hips and pelvis work together to impact knee alignment and closed chain function is critical in resolving knee pain and dysfunction.
Below is a “go to exercise” exercise I use for gluteus medius activation and core/pelvic stability training. Using a mini-band provides an adduction force cueing the client to abduct and activate their external rotators to maintain proper alignment. Additionally, they need to avoid a drop on one side of the pelvis (look at the ASIS).
Click here to read my entire column dedicated to this exercise in PFP’s online magazine. I hope you find this exercise and information useful for you and/or your clients.