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What type of training works best for hip patients?

Professor Inger Mechlenburg and Associate Professor Ulrik Dalgas from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital receive a little more than DKK 700,000 to study which form of training works best for the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with osteoarthritis of the hip.

[Translate to English:] Inger Mechlenburg og Ulrik Dalgas fra Institut for Klinisk Medicin og Institut for Folkesundhed forener deres forskellige faglige ekspertise i håb om at klæde fysioterapeuter bedre på til at behandle patienter med slidgigt i hof
Inger Mechlenburg and Ulrik Dalgas from the Department of Clinical Medicine and the Department of Public Health combine their professional expertise and hope to help physiotherapists improve the treatment of patients with osteoarthritis of the hip. Photo: Melissa Yildirim/AU and private.

Physical training has proven to be a safe and effective form of treatment for patients with osteoarthritis of the hip (hip arthrosis). Functional training – also called neuromuscular training – and strength training have demonstrated a particularly positive effect on the patients’ pain and functional capacity. Together with research colleagues from the University of Southern Denmark and Vrije University Amsterdam, among others, Inger Mechlenburg and Ulrik Dalgas will examine which of the two forms of training are the most effective and suitable. Both in terms of the individual patient and for society in general in terms of health-economic costs. The researchers will also study whether it is possible to prolong the effect of the training by adding a few extra training sessions – what are known as boosters.

The aim of the project is to optimise the physiotherapeutic training of patients with osteoarthritis of the hip, so that their functional capacity, physical activity and quality of life are improved. The project receives DKK 712,000 in support from the Danish Foundation for Research, Quality and Education in Physiotherapy Practice, and the grant will be used to ensure workload reduction for the physiotherapists who participate in the project at their respective clinics.


Professor, DMSc & Physiotherapist Inger Mechlenburg
Aarhus University, Department of Clinical Medicine & Department of Public Health and Aarhus University Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Mobile: (+45) 21 67 90 62
Email: inger.mechlenburg@clin.au.dk

Associate Professor, PhD Ulrik Dalgas
Aarhus University, Department of Public Health
Mobile: (+45) 40 12 30 39
Email: dalgas@ph.au.dk