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.