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Hip Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and describes the degeneration of the joints. The body is constantly repairing the daily wear and tear on our joints; however, osteoarthritis develops when the body can’t maintain this repair process. The hip is a weight-bearing joint especially prone to wear and tear. It is the third most susceptible site to develop osteoarthritis, after the hand and knee. Health professionals do not know the cause of hip osteoarthritis but have identified several risk factors that increase the likelihood of its development including obesity, genetics, gender (women being more likely to develop OA than men), overuse of the joint in physically demanding occupations, or in professional athletes and previous joint trauma.

Unique benefits of AposTherapy®+

  • Non-surgical and drug-free
  • Highly effective with reduction in pain, improvement in function and quality of life
  • Demonstrated effective for lasting pain relief
  • Addresses the root cause of your condition
  • Highly convenient and fits easily into your daily routine
  • Personalised to your specific needs
  • On-going care for optimal results

Who is suitable for Treatment?+

  • Do you suffer from nagging ankle/knee/hip and/or back pain?
  • Are you taking anything for the pain?
  • Do you have limited mobility?
  • Have you tried everything (e.g., pain killers, physio-therapy, injections, etc.)
  • Are you looking for a non-surgical solution?
  • Do you want to get your life back?

What is Hip Osteoarthritis?+

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and describes the degeneration of the joints. The body is constantly repairing the daily wear and tear on our joints; however, osteoarthritis develops when the body can’t maintain this repair process. The hip is a weight-bearing joint especially prone to wear and tear. It is the third most susceptible site to develop osteoarthritis, after the hand and knee. Health professionals do not know the cause of hip osteoarthritis but have identified several risk factors that increase the likelihood of its development including obesity, genetics, gender (women being more likely to develop OA than men), overuse of the joint in physically demanding occupations, or in professional athletes and previous joint trauma.

Symptoms+

Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of pain and disability, worldwide. Cartilage breakdown partly explains the degenerative nature of hip osteoarthritis, but a major part of the process is due to muscular weakness and loss of control. An effective therapy must then reduce stress on the loading processes on the joint and address muscular imbalances that can occur over time. AposTherapy® redistributes the forces acting on the affected area to reduce the pressure on the hip joint, whilst stimulating muscular activity to restore these imbalances. Patients report a significant reduction in pain and improvement in their joint function and quality of life.

People with hip OA have been shown to have weaker and less responsive gluteal (buttocks) muscles. In addition, overactive hip flexors cause muscular imbalances around the joint and contribute to the progression of the condition. This is because the muscles are increasing the load on the damaged part of the joint and disrupting the hip’s normal movement. Over time it becomes harder for patients to extend the hip.

Diagnosis+

A diagnosis of OA can be made using various methods including clinical criteria and radiographic findings (X-rays and scans). The American College of Rheumatology recommends a combination of history, physical examination and laboratory tests to help with an osteoarthritis treatment. Symptoms are often worse on waking up in the morning, after over-activity, as well as sitting or standing for a prolonged period of time. As the tissues around the joints become painful, the simplest of actions like climbing stairs or bending to tie a shoe-lace can suddenly seem very difficult, which naturally has a detrimental effect on a person’s quality of life.

Treatment+

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK advises physiotherapy and therapeutic exercises as the most effective and highly-proven treatment for reducing symptoms and slowing down the degenerative process. AposTherapy® addresses the muscle bracing found around OA joints and works to maintain the range of movement and improve the coordination of those muscles that protect the joint from damage. AposTherapy® also enhances how these muscles function during regular daily life, with the treatment goal being to provide the joints with optimal control and stability. Based on the latest evidence regarding the central role biomechanics plays in osteoarthritis treatment, AposTherapy® offers a novel approach for the treatment and management of the disease. AposTherapy® readjusts the distribution of your body's weight away from the damaged area of the joint, with the aim of reducing the compressive forces and therefore, the pain. By simulating minutely uneven walking surfaces and altering the nature of the foot's point of contact with the ground, therapy retrains the body's neuromuscular system, instilling optimal patterns of motion. AposTherapy® is clinically proven to reduce pain, improve patients’ walking patterns and contribute to a better quality of life.

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Unique Benefits of Apos Therapy

  • Non-surgical and drug-free.

  • Highly effective with reduction in pain, improvement in function and quality of life.

  • Clinically-proven for lasting pain relief.

  • Highly convenient and fits easily into your daily routine.

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