This randomised controlled trial is comparing the effects of a home-based exercise program alone to a home-based exercise program combined with a weight loss program for people with hip pain over 12 months. Participants will be randomly allocated to one of two groups. Both groups will undertake an exercise program and receive 5 online consultations with a physiotherapist. One of the groups will also undertake a weight loss program and will receive 6 online consultations with a dietitian.
You may be eligible if you:
- are aged 50+ years;
- have had hip pain for 3 months or longer;
- have had hip pain on most days of the past month;
- can commit to undertaking a ketogenic/very low calorie diet;
- have access to stable internet;
- have access to a set of scales to weigh yourself weekly.
ECHO was designed and developed by researchers (Prof Kim Bennell, Dr Michelle Hall, Prof Rana Hinman, Gabby Knox, Libby Spiers, Fiona McManus) at the University of Melbourne, with collaborators from The University of Sydney and Wake Forest University. This project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
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