Pedal power restores freedom and mobility for people with hip arthritis
A study run in conjunction with a number of Bournemouth and Dorset health bodies says arthritis shouldn’t put people off cycling. On the contrary – get on your bike!
The Cycling Against Hip Pain (CHAIN) programme found pedal power restores freedom and mobility for people with hip arthritis.
A six-week programme for people with hip arthritis found that cycling reduced pain, improved mobility, increased hip motion and led to a confidence boost for the patients involved.
The Cycling Against Hip Pain programme was devised by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Robert Middleton, and physiotherapist Tom Wainwright, as an effective way to implement NICE guidelines.
The tests were set up jointly by BH Live, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCHFT), Dorset Clinical
Commissioning Group, Active Dorset, Bournemouth Borough Council and Bournemouth University.
Groups of up to 15 people attend a 30-minute session with a physiotherapist, followed by a 30-minute exercise class on static bikes.
A 71-year old man, despite a complex range of medical conditions, took part in the CHAIN programme and reported an “amazing difference” in the strength and use of his right leg, and in his physiological welfare and fitness.
Six weeks after the programme he was still cycling around town for at least 15 minutes a day and walking his dogs.
“The programme made me realise that exercise was the best way to improve my pain and the use of my leg,” he says. “It has made such a difference to me. I can now turn over in bed at night without having pain. I am determined to keep up with the exercise.”
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