Question by kauh1970: which exercise to avoid in early hip osteoarthritis?
I am 38, recently diagnosed with right hip osteoarthritis (early arthritis )after one painful episode in the hip. Now I go to the gym regularly to lower my weight because of a slightly high fasting blood sugar!! In the gym, which one of the 3 machines I need to avoid: Treadmill fast walk , stationary biking or arc trainer? none of them produced pain so far, but I am worried that it may cause further damage in a hip with early degenerative changes.
Answer by paulmd
Sorry about your pain, but your exercise program is an important part of management of the hips as well. Losing weight will ease the load on the hips as well as helping the diabetes.
A few caveats, avoid impact activities such as running on hard surfaces, jumping exercises, awkward twisting and pivoting that trigger discomfort of the hip.
You should be comfortable on the stationary bike and arc trainer. I like the elliptical cross trainers such as that by Precor. Pick one that doesn’t overstretch your stride. I am not wild about treadmills, but if you guard your gait length (stride) to avoid pain, and do not come down with force on your heel with each step, the treadmill is better than walking or running on a firm surface, since the belt and rollers allow some give on impact.
Consider swimming, if an indoor pool is available.
Check all with your doctor, if there are health factors you have not described, such as significant obesity or high blood sugars.
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