Hip OA – strengthen quads, increase ROM

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JOSPT has a good research study in the latest issue looking at patients with mild to moderate pain with hip OA (non-surgical candidates), comparing them to matched controls to look at their function and disability. They concluded that PT’s should consider including hip ROM exercises and quad strengthening exercises when developing a rehab program for similar patients. Interestingly, they did not test abduction strength (or have gait analysis), although they did note that the patients with OA had a significantly reduced 6MWT time. You can read the abstract here:

Rydevik K, Fernandes L, Nordsletten L, Risberg, MA. Functioning and Disability in Patients With Hip Osteoarthritis With Mild to Moderate Pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2010;40(10):616-624, Epub 1 September 2010. doi:10.2519/jospt.2010.3346

Photo credit: walking man too, originally uploaded by billy liar

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