Today on the podcast I geek out with Duke faculty member and researcher, educator, and mentor in the physical therapy world, Mike Reiman. 

Co-writer of the only textbook on functional testing, Functional Testing in Human Performance. He has also written about orthopedic examination/intervention and training for strength, power, and endurance. 

One of the areas that is really stressful for clinicians, but also a lot of people in the sports world coaches face is hip injuries. Hypermobile, loose gymnast hips also common in ballet, cheerleaders, and dancers. 

His recent research is focused on performance enhancement and is interested in evidence-based examination and intervention of the hip joint.

Mike is doing phenomenal work putting out great information around hip dysplasia, of what we know and what we don’t know. We dive into dysplastic instability-based hip, as this is something that is often not talked about but there’s a lot of really great research that’s come about in the last 10 years. 

This means we now have better tools to understand how to help these people. 

We talk about the philosophy operating in the medical world right now and how to best help patients, it really morphed from not only talking about great information on hips but just overall how to be happier as a Clinician and how to help athletes the best as a coach. We discuss: 

  • Why you should be hanging out with surgeons if you want to work with hips.
  • The difference between Hip dysplasia and or instability.
  • The importance of mentorship, what it really is, and how to approach someone.
  • Deciphering protocols for hip surgeries.
  • How somebody can be stiff and loose at the same time.
  • Mike explains The EPIC Return – what to do early on to help with symptoms or build strength.
  • Mike’s top advice for new grads.

To listen to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher click below:

Mike Reiman on Hip Dysplasia/Microinstability Injuries and Finding Success as a Clinician