08 July, 2011
Exercises for Degenerative Hip Joint Disease
Degenerative hip joint disease is also known as osteoarthritis of the hip. This disease is commonly associated with inflammation which results in pain, stiffness, instability and swelling of the hip joint, according to Penn State College of Medicine. The cartilage in your hip wears out which causes pain and even disability. Regular exercise can help keep your hip joint functioning, and increase strength and range of motion. Always consult your doctor before beginning exercise with degenerative hip joint disease.
Keeping your hips moving will help to increase range of motion. You can cycle on an indoor or stationary bike. Adjust the bicycle so that your legs are nearly fully extended when they touch the pedals, according to Kaiser Permanente. Set the bike on a low resistance -- you can increase resistance as you progress. Start by pedaling backwards. Begin with a five-minute cycling workout and progress to 20 minutes. As you progress, begin to cycle forward as well.
According to an article published in "American Family Physician," low-impact exercises can help to slow the development of degenerative hip joint disease. Patients are able to increase their strength and range of motion. Additionally, these patients have more positive outlook on dealing with their disease. Try swimming for 30 minutes a day a few days a week. Swimming is not the only water exercise that can help with degenerative hip disease. Simply walking in a pool or participating in water aerobics can also be beneficial.
Walking regularly is one of the easiest ways to manage pain and to keep active with degenerative hip joint disease, according to the Arthritis Foundation. The natural motion of walking helps to keep your joints stretching and reduce pain that is the result of joint inflammation. Try to walk for 20 minutes, five days a week. You can walk outside or invest in a treadmill if you do not live in area that is convenient for outdoor walking.
To do leg raises, lie on the floor on your stomach. Keep your healthy leg fully extended and flat on the ground. Bend your affected leg so that your knee is at a 90-degree angle. Lift the affected leg so that your knee is approximately 1 inch off of the ground. Hold this position for five seconds. Complete two sets of 10 repetitions daily.
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