Cycling with hip osteoarthritis

When there is osteoarthritis in the hip (a variant of hip arthritis) the cartilage between the thigh bone and the bowl of the pelvis is worn out or even disappeared. Cycling can help slow the progression of hip osteoarthritis. Read more about cycling with hip osteoarthritis and the use of adaptive Van Raam bikes with hip osteoarthritis.

Cycling with hip osteoarthritis on a Van Raam bike
The Van Raam Easy Rider tricycle

Hip osteoarthritis and cycling

When the decrease in cartilage quality is severe, the joints can no longer glide smoothly along each other. This can cause pain and stiffness (source: OCON). By moving, the complaints can be reduced. This is because the cartilage is kept flexible by moving. Cycling is an excellent way to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis. Cycling also strengthens and improves your muscles, tendons and condition.

The way of moving is different for each person with osteoarthritis, keep your condition in mind and respect your own limits. It is especially important to keep moving without overburdening the hip. Moving is important, but you also have your own limits. It is wise to always consult with your physiotherapist or doctor about cycling and osteoarthritis of the hip.

Cycling with hip osteoarthritis on an adaptive bike

If cycling on a regular bike is difficult due to your hip osteoarthritis, there is the possibility to cycle with an adaptive bike.

Van Raam is manufacturer of adaptive bikes and has several models of adaptive bikes. Take a look at the one-person models in the overview below:

Cycling with hip osteoarthritis on a Van Raam tricycle


Van Raam's tricycles are particularly suitable for people who want extra support and stability while cycling. Van Raam has tricycles for adults and children and different types, such as traditional tricycles, a low entry tricycle and comfortable tricycles with seat.

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Cycling with hip osteoarthritis on a Van Raam walking aid

Walking aid

The City walking aid is suitable for people who have difficulty walking or have problems with standing for a long time. A wheelchair is not yet necessary and a walker is not preferred. Your body weight is carried by the saddle of the walking aid, this relieves your leg joints.

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Cycling with hip osteoarthritis on a Van Raam low entry bike

Low entry bikes

Van Raam has both a bike with two wheels and a tricycle with a low entry. In addition, these low entry bicycles have a uniquely developed frame that allows you to cycle comfortably and also get on the ground with two feet without stepping off.

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Cycling with hip osteoarthritis on a Van Raam scooter bike

Scooter bike

The Easy Go scooter bike is a unique product, it is a bicycle, an electric bicycle and a mobility scooter. You can easily switch between the different ways of cycling and the different speeds. The Easy Go has a comfortable seat that also gives you support in the back.

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Put together your Van Raam bike with the bike configurator

Configure your own bike

An adaptive bike by Van Raam can be fully customized with options and accessories. Examples of options are a special saddle or special chair, special crank, stick holder, walker holder preparation, basket or pedal support.

With Van Raam's online configurator it is possible to configure a special needs bike yourself. Configuring your bike is easy and in a few steps you choose an adaptive bike and all the options and accessories that you would like to have with your bike and that suit you, your needs and your hip osteoarthritis. After the last step, you enter your email address and you are able to view the complete configuration. You will also receive the complete configuration by e-mail. You can take the configuration with you to a test ride or Van Raam dealer.

Read more about configuring a Van Raam bike in the article: 'Configuring your own Van Raam bike with the bike configurator'.

Configuring your bike
Cycling with osteoarthritis on Van Raam bike

Cycling with osteoarthritis

Doctors and physiotherapists often advise people with osteoarthritis to cycle. In addition, cycling is healthy, excellent for body and mind and very accessible. Read more about cycling (on an adaptive bike) with osteoarthritis (in general) in the article: 'Cycling with osteoarthritis'.

Cycling with osteoarthritis
Cycling with rheumatism on a special needs bike

Cycling with rheumatism

Osteoarthritis is a form of rheumatism. Read more about Nel van Loon in the article 'Cycling with rheumatism'. Nel van Loon has had rheumatoid arthritis, secondary arthrosis and gout. Walking goes with ups and downs and after a fall on a regular bicycle she found the solution in a special needs electric tricycle. Nel likes to cycle with her tricycle and she finds that very important

Cycling with rheumatism