Features July 2014 Issue

Using Your Gluteus ‘to the Maximus’ for Hip Health

Strengthening your buttock muscles can help ease hip pain and improve joint health.

The proof behind an exercise program’s power for hip joint health is continually increasing—and research is now showing that it may help hip osteoarthritis (OA) patients avoid total hip replacement surgery as well. According to a study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (Nov. 2013), researchers found that patients who had both an educational program and exercised had a 44 percent decrease in the need for hip replacement compared with those who attended the educational session and didn’t exercise.

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