Print Edition - 2019-03-14  |  Health and Living

Hip exercises may improve walking

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Mar 14, 2019-

Patients with arthritic knees can add hip-strengthening exercises to their workout to improve the ability to walk and maybe reduce pain, according to a research review. Based on pooled data from eight clinical trials with a total of 340 patients, the study team concludes in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that hip strengthening exercises involving weights or elastic bands would help the most.

Most international guidelines recommend exercise in the conservative management of knee osteoarthritis, a bone and cartilage disease that affects one in four people over age 55.

However, many doctors don’t follow up on this advice with patients or refer them to the proper physiotherapist for an additional appointment, said lead author Andrew Hislop of the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Hislop and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials that investigated the effect of adding hip-strengthening exercises to a regimen often prescribed to strengthen the quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh for people with knee arthritis.

Overall, adding hip-strengthening significantly improved walking function, though it did not have a statistically meaningful effect on pain, stair function or the ability to stand from a sitting position.

Published: 14-03-2019 11:00

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