Exercise for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis | Physio Penrith

Updated: Jan 13, 2020

Osteoarthritis is characterised by ongoing pain, physical limitations and depression, which can affect an individual's ability to engage in social, community and occupational activities. With a 36% rise in the rate of total knee replacements and a 38% rise in the rate of hip replacements for osteoarthritis from 2005-06 to 2015-16, there needs to be a greater focus on management strategies that are supported by evidence and are proven to work.

The Royal Australian College of GP’s released a national guideline for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis and this document endorses exercise as high quality care in the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis. Even if pain and stiffness is causing you major problems there is always an exercise or movement that can help.

Toby is an exercise physiologist, physiotherapist and musculoskeletal chiropractor based in Penrith. As a physio and musculoskeletal chiropractor Toby utilises proven techniques for the treatment of osteoarthritic conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, and the painful and stiff hips and knees.


Toby is performing a hip dominant movement called the single leg hip thrust, which is a great exercise for stiff and painful hips and knees. If this single leg version is too hard try these alternatives:

1. Do the movement with both legs

2. Try the single leg or double leg movement with your back on the floor rather than the bench.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2017. The burden of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia: a detailed analysis of the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011. Australian Burden of Disease Study series no. 13. BOD 14. Canberra: AIHW.


At Sydney Muscle & Joint Clinic our approach is consistent, high quality and based on the best scientific knowledge. We deliver evidence-based physiotherapy, exercise physiology and chiropractic for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, which means you get an approach that is effective, safe, and efficient. Contact your local Penrith physio today.