Gluteal exercise for Hip Osteoarthritis patients – the GHOst trial

Rod is leading a project that has been funded by Arthritis Australia, Arthritis New Zealand and the La Trobe Sports, Exercise and Rehabilitation RFA to conduct a multi-site randomized controlled trial to determine the efficacy of a high intensity exercise program in improving structure and function of the hip muscles in hip osteoarthritis (OA) patients. This project is the culmination of several years of work establishing the electromyography techniques to determine the function of these muscles in healthy young adults and more recently a hip OA population. The program is already under way at the Bendigo site and has ethics approval at the Melbourne site (being run by Dr Tania Pizzari), the Brisbane site (being run by Dr Adam Semciw) and the Dunedin site in New Zealand (being run by Dr Stephanie Woodley). It is anticipated that all sites will be underway in early 2018 with data collection completed during that year. The program is particularly targeted at anterior segment of the gluteus minimus muscle that is not routinely targeted by existing programs but is an important anterior hip stabilizer that has shown significant atrophy in our MRI studies.