(Reuters Health)—Patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) 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, hip strengthening exercises involving weights or elastic bands would help the most, the study team reports in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on Feb. 6.1
“Despite knowing that exercise is beneficial, what type of exercise should be included in a thorough exercise program remains largely unknown,” says lead author Andrew Hislop of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
Most international guidelines recommend exercise in the conservative management of knee OA, which 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, Mr. Hislop notes.