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What is a Hip Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is brought about over time through “wear and tear” in a joint. It is a degenerative condition that occurs when the cartilage of a joint begins to wear away or fray with repeated stress. This can cause stiffness, pain or a feeling of ‘locking’ or ‘catching’ through the joint which can limit you in activity such as walking, running or weighted strength training.

Hip Osteoarthritis

How is a Hip Osteoarthritis commonly treated? 

Osteoarthritis of the hip is treated similarly to osteoarthritis in many other joints of the body, by offloading the joint by improving posture and strengthening the muscles around the joint. By doing this, the hip joint does not have to take as much force as the surrounding structures are able to bear more of the load. As the hip is one of the biggest joints in the body, ensuring that it is offloaded correctly is highly important as pain in the hip can be extremely limiting.

 

How can an Exercise Physiologist help? 

As Exercise Physiologists, we are able to use our knowledge of the body to help teach you how to correctly exercise to strengthen the surrounding muscles, as well as teach you correct movement patterns to help in offloading the hip joint. With this, we can help you in returning to a pain-free life and achieving your goals. 

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