Hip OA Patients Report Improvements in Function with AposTherapy

A non-invasive foot-worn bio mechanical device for patients with hip osteoarthritis

Drexler M, et al. Surgery: Current Research 2013

Objective
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a bio mechanical therapy on the pain, function, quality of life and spatio-temporal gait patterns of patients with hip osteoarthritis (OA).

Design
60 patients with hip OA were examined before and after twelve weeks of a personalised bio mechanical therapy (AposTherapy). Patients were evaluated using the WOMAC questionnaire for pain and function and the SF-36 Health Survey for quality of life, and underwent a computerised gait test.

Results
After 12 weeks of treatment, a significant improvement was found in the patients’ velocity, step length and cadence (P ≤ 0.001) . WOMAC-pain, stiffness and function subscales were significantly improved compared to baseline (P ≤ 0.001). SF-36 physical score subscale improved significantly (P=0.007).

Conclusions
Patients with bilateral hip OA treated with AposTherapy for twelve weeks showed statistically and clinically significant improvements in pain, function and gait patterns.

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