Questions and Answers
Q: Are Elliptical Trainers appropriate
for those of us who suffer with osteoarthritis of
the hip? I wonder about the repetitive motion and
the fact that, unlike a treadmill or an old fashioned
walk, the feet stay planted in the same position.
Exercise equipment that lessens joint impact stress,
like the stair climber, exercise bike and elliptical
trainer, should be a better choice for your osteoarthritic
hip than activities that cause high impact stress
(running, jump rope, etc.). The elliptical trainer
should produce less impact stress to your hip than
even exercise walking, motion, done repetitively,
of an OA joint is not in itself harmful and can actually
be beneficial. Moderate to high impact repetitive
motion of a weight bearing joint with OA can further
compromise the joint.
Without knowing the severity of your help OA, alternating
walking with the elliptical trainer 5 days per week
may provide just the right mix of impact (weight bearing)
activities. I recommend that you talk with your local
physical therapist, one that specializes in orthopedic
rehabilitation, about a hip rehabilitation program
specific to your needs.