Hip Flexor Mobility Effects on Low Back Pain

Video by Dr. Erik Waldeland

Can Hip Flexor Mobility Effects on Low Back Pain?

There can be dozens of causes when someone comes into the clinic with low back pain, and the reason we need to go through such a thorough assessment is the determine what the cause is and what is the best, most evidence-backed, approach to treating that pain.  With a lot of my athletes who perform certain movements repetitively, muscular or biomechanical imbalances tend to be the root cause of chronic issues.  The research I attached investigated the effect of hip flexor tightness and its correlation to non-specific low back pain.  Below are a couple of the main findings from the research study, which supports our need to assess these muscles when looking at low back pain.

“The results demonstrated a significant difference in PROM, pain, and disability after 8 weeks of stretching exercises in participants with NSLBP and limited hip extension.”

“Therefore, these findings suggest that static stretch of hip flexors can be used as an effective exercise program in participants with NSLBP and limited hip extension.”

If you are struggling with pain in the low back, and notice you are also tight in the front of the hips, give the stretch from the video a try to alleviate that pain and improve your range of motion.  Motion must be created and maintained consistently in every joint in the body to allow the nerves, muscles, and soft tissue that surround those joints to heal.


Hatefi, M., Babakhani, F., & Ashrafizadeh, M. (2021). The effect of static stretching exercises on hip range of motion, pain, and disability in patients with non-specific low back pain. Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40634-021-00371-w

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