Updated: Jan 17, 2019
Here's 5 top tips to get your knees and hips in tip top shape.
1. DON’T PANIC!
If you have hip or knee pain – first see you GP or physiotherapist to make sure that it’s not pain from another cause that could be easily helped. Many people are misdiagnosed with OA or just assume that’s what their pain is due to their age. Remember what your mum said… “just because your friends are doing it, doesn’t mean you have to as well”. Ok – it may not exactly be jumping off cliff, but knee and hip pain is often misdiagnosed. Speak with your physiotherapist.
2. Education. (STILL DON’T PANIC!)
OA is no reason to give up your favourite activities. In fact, your therapist will encourage you to continue being active. GET EDUCATED (and not by Dr Google) about what OA is and what it means for you. Speak to your physiotherapist and find out more about the condition.
Exercise is the number one recommendation for people with hip and knee OA from the major research groups around the world. Exercise increases the strength of the muscles around the joint, gives you better control of the joint and decreases pain. Everyone’s experience differs but some people find their pain decreases significantly to the point where they reduce or no longer take medication. Your physiotherapist can provide you with advise on what types and how much exercise will benefit you the most.
4. Weight reduction.
Did you know even a small amount of weight loss can help to reduce pain? Just a few kilograms will significantly reduce the load on your hips and knees. If you need help losing weight speak with your GP or dietician.