Hip osteoarthritis – in a nutshell
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, and a leading cause of pain and disability worldwide. After the hand and knee, the hip is the third most susceptible site to developing osteoarthritis. As a weight-bearing joint, it is especially prone to wear and tear, which the body normally repairs on a daily basis. OA occurs when the body cannot maintain the pace necessary to maintain this repair process and the joints begin to degenerate.
Understanding hip osteoarthritis
Hip osteoarthritis involves cartilage breakdown, as well as muscular weakness and loss of control. When the tissues around the hip joint experience pain, simple activities such as climbing stairs or tying shoelaces can become difficult and painful. This debilitating state significantly affects quality of life. The symptoms are often worse upon waking up in the morning, after over-activity, or when sitting or standing for a long period.
Risk factors for hip osteoarthritis include obesity, genetics, gender (women are more likely to develop OA), overuse of the joint due to work or sports and previous joint trauma.
How AposTherapy® can help
AposTherapy® is designed to address, not only the symptoms of hip pain (pain, pressure, muscle bracing) but also the causes behind it. The treatment works by reducing and redistributing the load on the affected hip joints while improving function and mobility.
Using a foot-worn device for about one hour a day, AposTherapy® introduces “controlled micro-instability” – an innovative way to re-educate your muscles to self-correct your body’s alignment. Research has shown that this results in effective pain relief and functional improvement for patients suffering from hip osteoarthritis.
Something uniquely special about AposTherapy® is that it fits effortlessly into your everyday life. The device can be worn during your normal activities at home or at work. It’s non-invasive, medicine-free, and easy to comply with.
Is AposTherapy® right for me?
Generally, AposTherapy® is not suitable for individuals who:
- Have unexplained recurrent falls
- Experience balance problems (that require using a walking aid indoors)
- Suffer from especially severe osteoporosis
Otherwise, if you have hip OA and you want to enjoy walking again, then you are likely to be a good candidate for AposTherapy®.
Contact us for more information on how to get started.