Exercises for hip osteoarthritis in a pool
Osteoarthritis of the hip is a joint disease, which affects the cartilage of the joints (acetabulum of the pelvis and femoral head), making them rigid, painful and not functional, which hinder the walking and basic activities, therefore the exercises for hip osteoarthritis, have become a great alternative, to diminish these complications and to prevent the joint wear of other joints.
Next, we will cover the benefits of performing these exercises for osteoarthrosis, but in an aquatic environment, such as the pool.
What is the current context about hip osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis of the hip increases with age and especially in people over 60 years old, predominantly in women, due to hormonal factors (2.6 times more than men), and globally, it has been reported that there are 47 to 88 people suffering from hip osteoarthritis per 100,000 inhabitants.
On the other hand, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeries published a recent study, which reveals that in 2010, 326,100 hip arthroplasties (prostheses) were performed in patients over 45 years of age, with an estimated 572,000 procedures per year, for the year 2030, therefore, these figures indicate that it does not only affect older adults.
Also, the monetary cost of a total hip replacement can range from USD 11,327 to USD 73,987, depending on the cities, clinical equipment and quality of the hip prosthesis; being total hospital expenditure, in the United States in 2009 for hip arthroplasty, a total of USD 13.7 trillion; reflecting that it is a major health problem, which can be treated with therapeutic exercises in a temperate pool.
What are the benefits of exercises for hip osteoarthritis in the pool?
If a person with osteoarthritis of the hip is immersed in a pool, with water to the shoulders, will weigh only 10% of their body weight, by force of push or flotation, therefore, the loads to their joints will be very so that it will not damage the hyaline cartilage that covers the joint.
In addition, it will be able to move more easily, without pain or stiffness, because the water temperature and that generated with exercise, causes the collagen fibers to be more flexible and lax, decreasing the joint stiffness and also, the pain is relieves by the secretion of beta-endorphins (natural analgesic 30 to 50 times more potent than morphine) and by the pressure of water on the body, which blocks pain at the spinal cord.
Then, when performing Kaenz, the person will weigh less, favoring the movement that stimulates the secretion of synovial fluid, lubricating and nourishing the cartilage; including the aforementioned benefits that decrease joint stiffness, pain and overload.
Also, it has been studied that hydrostatic pressure is a great proprioceptive stimulus, which generates a feedback of the sensory organs (mechanoreceptors) located in the skin, ligaments, capsule, tendons and muscles, that avoid future injuries and correct the altered movement by the dysmetria of legs and compensations generated by the osteoarthritis of hip.
In conclusion, exercises for hip osteoarthrosis in a pool, performed by Kaenz, minimize the functional damages that can lead to a hip arthroplasty (prosthesis) and enhance the health, well-being and quality of life of people with osteoarthritis.
We have the conviction that Kaenz, will improve your health and well-being, being a great investment, to reduce expenses for medications, hospitalizations and avoid surgeries, we invite you to experience this first virtual aquatic therapist, which will change your habits, recharging energy, toning your body, keeping you young and positively impacting your quality of life, sharing with your loved ones.