Your hip osteoarthritis doesn’t have to stop the action. Here are some ways you can remain stronger, longer.
When the pain of hip osteoarthritis strikes, our first instinct is usually to keep as still as possible and hope it passes but being immobile with hip pain is probably the worst thing you can do. Pain medications don’t always come to the rescue when we really need them, so it’s a good idea to have a few tricks up your sleeve to help you keep moving and improving strength. You may think that walking is your best path to maintaining strength and managing hip osteoarthritis but walking can sometimes be too harsh on your joints. Walking is high impact on the hip joints and depending on your terrain, could pose a risk of serious injury to an already damaged area. If walking isn’t the best option, what can you do to maintain and regain mobility?
Biking is a fantastic way to keep your hip joints moving and maintain a healthy weight. It’s a good idea for beginners to start out on a stationary bike indoors to build strength and control before hitting the open road. Stationary bikes eliminate the chance of falling down and keeps you in a controlled environment. A recumbent bike position is favored above upright positions in people with hip pain because the recumbent position offers less hip extension and less opportunity for more damage. Make sure your pedals and seat are adjusted to seat you in a comfortable position, so you’re not over extending any muscles or joints. The best part of stationary biking is that it’s easier to listen to your body when you’ve had enough. When your workout is complete there’s no need to bike back home; you can just step off and enjoy the fluid mobility from your strengthening session.
This exercise approach has many names. You may hear it called hydrotherapy or aqua therapy but no matter the name, water lifts the weight off of your joints as you move to give you the benefits of mobility without the damaging effects of gravity. About 50% of your body weight is supported in waist deep water, and 90% of your body weight is supported in neck deep water. Water therapy instructors will take you through routines that involve stretching, strengthening and cardio for a whole-body workout that keeps you leaner and steady on your feet. Water therapy also improves circulation and heart function which increases blood flow to your hips and reduces inflammation.
Yoga / Tai Chi
Yoga has long been a source of body discipline, and it’s the perfect approach to managing pain from hip osteoarthritis. Yoga improves stiffness, pain, swelling, and range of motion with regular practice. Beginners with hip osteoarthritis are encouraged to stick to gentle yoga approaches to avoid any poses that may over extend the body. The stretching and strengthening motions of yoga helps to increase oxygen and blood flow which promotes tissue health and feeds your needy joints. Yoga also helps to improve balance and posture giving you a better chance of avoiding future injury.
Practicing Tai Chi twice a week can greatly improve mobility as well. Tai Chi facilitates careful fluid movements making you more conscious of your body and extremities. Tai Chi combines smooth movements with a low impact workout perfect for people with hip osteoarthritis. Many people combine this activity with water therapy for maximum results, but even on dry land, Tai Chi provides breathing control and techniques that can help manage pain.
All of the suggestions above are perfect for maintaining your mobility, but if you have begun to lose range of motion and strength in your hip joints, you may need a little more to help you regain your mobility and independence. Stem cell therapy is the perfect addition to your hip strengthening routine. This revolutionary treatment helps facilitate your body’s natural healing process and reverses the damage in your joints. Stem cells can regrow cartilage, tendons, ligaments and even bone to reduce pain and stop the progression of osteoarthritis. Stem cell therapy is non-invasive with little to no recovery time, so you can remain active and enjoying life while combatting osteoarthritis. Stem cell therapy uses your own cells harvested in a simple process to organically heal your joints. Hip osteoarthritis is not the end of your mobility let the innovation of stem cell therapy breathe new life into your joints.
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