People with osteoarthritis in the knee who add hip-strengthening exercises to their exercise regimen can walk more easily and may have less pain, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine
(February 2019). The researchers pooled results from eight studies (with a total of 340 participants) that investigated the effect of adding hip exercises to exercises done to strengthen the muscles on the front of the thigh (the quadriceps). They found that combining the two types of exercises was significantly more effective than quadricep exercises alone for improving walking. The most effective types of hip exercises involved using weights or resistance bands. Adding hip exercises also resulted in greater improvements in pain, but this result was not significantly strong. Physical therapists can provide instruction on simple exercises to strengthen hips and knees.