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What strengthening exercises can help correct a twisted thigh bone?

A twisted thigh bone, often called femoral anteversion or femoral retroversion are formations that occur in newborns and usually resolve as the child ages. On  rare occasions the thigh bone does not straighten out and corrective surgery is required. Exercise cannot correct femoral anteversion or retroversion.  However, in some instances poor muscle alignment may pull on the femur and

inward or outward rotation, this gives the appearance of a twisted bone. If poor muscle alignment exists, it can be corrected with exercise.

A common biomechanical alteration is development of tightness in the hip flexors muscles that pull on the lower back and the femur causing a change hip mechanics. With these muscles chronically overactive, the gluteal muscles become underactive and have an inability to control the femur. Subsequently, the femur will begin to rotate inward during functional movement. The NASM Corrective Exercise protocol suggests to inhibit and lengthen the hip flexors followed by strengthening of the gluteal muscles. This will help correct poor biomechanics straighten out the thigh bone.

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy

Sometimes our thigh bones are more or less twisted than the norm. If one or both are twisted inward (femoral anteversion), then the hips, knees, and feet do better when the hip external rotators (gluteus maximus and gluteus medius) are strong and control the inward movement well. This should become an important part of your strengthening program. If one or both femurs are twisted outward, then slightly pointing the feet, knees, and hips outward reduces wear and tear to the hip and knee joints. Again, strengthening the gluteals will be important to control rotation of the femurs. It's pretty simple when you think about it.

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