How to keep our hips strong as we age

As people age, the muscles, bones, and other tissues in the body can undergo changes that can affect mobility and flexibility. These changes can be due to a variety of factors, including natural aging processes, inactivity, and chronic conditions such as arthritis.

One area of the body that can be affected by these changes is the hips. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that allows for a wide range of movement, including walking, bending, and rotating. The joint is surrounded by muscles, ligaments, and tendons that help to stabilize and support it.

With age, the bones in the hip joint can become weaker and more prone to fractures. The cartilage that cushions the joint can also wear down over time, leading to a condition called osteoarthritis. This can cause the bones in the joint to rub against each other, leading to pain and stiffness.

In addition, the muscles and other soft tissues around the hip joint can become weaker and less flexible as people age. This can lead to a decrease in mobility and an increased risk of falls.

How do we keep our hips strong?

Maintaining strong hips is important for overall physical health and mobility, and physiotherapy can be an effective way to achieve this goal as you age. There are several ways to keep your hips strong through physiotherapy, including stretching, strengthening exercises, balance exercises, low-impact cardio, and aquatic therapy. Hips are at high risk of fracturing so keeping them as healthy as possible is important.

  • Stretching – Stretching the muscles around your hips can help maintain flexibility and mobility.
  • Balance exercises – Improving your balance can help reduce the risk of falls, which can be especially important as you age.
  • Low-impact cardio – Low-impact cardio exercises, such as biking or swimming, can help improve your overall fitness without putting too much strain on your hips.
  • Aquatic therapy – Exercising in water can be a great way to improve your hip strength and mobility, as the buoyancy of the water can help take some of the weight off your joints but still strengthen your muscles.
  • Getting tested for Osteoporosis – Osteoporosis can weaken hip joints and therefore we should get tested for this as we get older and also take vitamin D/ Calcichew/ prescribed medication to minimise the risks of fragility fractures or fractures related to falls.

How our physiotherapists can help you keep your hips strong as you age in several ways

  • Providing guidance on proper technique – They can help ensure that you are performing the exercises correctly and safely, which can help reduce the risk of injury and improve the effectiveness of the exercises.
  • Modifying exercises as needed – If you have any physical limitations or injuries, our physiotherapists can modify the exercises to accommodate your needs and help ensure that you are able to perform them safely.
  • Monitoring your progress – They can monitor your progress and provide feedback on how to improve or modify your exercises as needed to help you achieve your goals.
  • Providing support and motivation – Our physiotherapists will provide support and motivation to help you stay committed to your exercise routine and make progress towards your goals.

It is important to consult with a physiotherapist or healthcare professional before starting any new exercise routine, as they can help determine the best exercises for your individual needs and any limitations you may have. Our physiotherapists at Home Physio Group can provide guidance on proper form and technique to help ensure that you are performing the exercises safely and effectively.

Below are three simple exercises you can try at home. *Please always check with your physiotherapist that you are doing them in the correct way. Ask for supervision from someone if you are unsteady*.

Exercise 1 – Repeat each exercise 3-5 times and practice throughout the day.

Exercise 2 – Repeat each exercise 3-5 times and practice throughout the day.

Exercise 3 – Repeat each exercise 3-5 times and practice throughout the day.

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Why choose Home Physio Group?

We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as many visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you