Hip pain explained
and hip pain
AposTherapy® involves wearing an innovative footworn device for about one hour per day. The device is personalized to your body frame and movement patterns by an AposTherapy® trained clinician who calibrates it to redistribute the forces acting on the painful hip and improve the efficiency of the surrounding muscles.
AposTherapy® may help you live better with your hip condition and, when used over time, may help you better manage your hip discomfort as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Clinical research about AposTherapy®
Clinical studies have shown that patients suffering from chronic hip pain who used AposTherapy® experienced reduced pain as well as improvement in quality of life and gait (walking patterns).
- Non-invasive and drug-free
- Reduces pain, improves function and quality of life
- Convenient and fits easily into your daily routine
- Personalized to your body frame and movement patterns
- Ongoing care for optimal results
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and is a leading cause of pain and disability worldwide. Affecting 10% of men and 21% of women over the age of 65, osteoarthritis (OA) has a major effect on quality of life – and OA of the hip is the most common type of OA among older patients.
In hip OA, the body’s repair mechanisms are unable to maintain the pace necessary to repair the daily wear and tear on the hip, which begins to degenerate. But hope is not lost. Training the hip muscles to take the weight away from the affected area can help improve mobility.
Clinical studies have shown that patients with hip osteoarthritis who used AposTherapy® experienced reduced pain as well as improvement in quality of life and gait (walking patterns)28,29.
AposTherapy® can be an option for patients who are seeking an alternative to hip replacement surgery—either because they can’t undergo hip replacement, or because they don’t want to—through a program that can help improve function and reduce pain as part of a healthy lifestyle.
AposTherapy® may also be an option for aiding hip replacement recovery30 as a way to improve general wellness by exercising and strengthening the hip joint muscles.
Some of the more commonly used definitions for chronic hip pain include hip osteoarthritis, trochanteric bursitis and developmental dysplasia of the hip.
Hip pain can often be diagnosed by your physician or physical therapist by carrying out functional tests and discussing your symptoms.
Symptoms of chronic hip conditions include low walking speed, shorter step length and, of course, pain. When patients adjust their walking styles to compensate for pain, it may cause their joints to deteriorate further and can affect the lower back, knee joints and other areas of the body, too.
The symptoms are often worse upon waking up in the morning, after over-activity, or when sitting or standing for a long period of time.
Multiple factors can harm the hip joint and surrounding soft tissues. These include wear-and-tear from aging, overuse, excessive flexibility, bad knee alignment, weak muscles and injury.
Risk factors that can increase a person’s chances for developing chronic hip conditions include obesity, genetics, gender (women are more likely to develop OA), overuse of the joint due to work or sports and previous joint trauma.
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 knee pain and you want to enjoy walking again, then you are likely to be a good candidate for AposTherapy®.
of patients would recommend AposTherapy® to friends and family1
of candidates for surgery said they expected to delay or avoid surgery based on the initial results of AposTherapy®2
reduction in pain killers consumption while using AposTherapy®3
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