The CLEAT study

The CHAIN programme

CLEAT: A Study to Compare Physiotherapy Treatment with a Static Cycling and Education Programme to Help Improve Hip Pain

There is no known cure for osteoarthritis, and the latest National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for people with symptoms not yet severe enough for surgery recommend education and advice, exercise (including local muscle strengthening and aerobic exercise) and weight loss, if needed, and so it is important to develop these strategies further to support patients.

The purpose of the CLEAT study is to investigate whether people who receive an 8 week education and static cycling treatment (The CHAIN programme) have an improvement in their hip function and less pain than those patients who receive physiotherapy treatment as per standard care and practice within the NHS.

The CLEAT study

Cycling may be of benefit in comparison to other forms of exercise because it is a healthy form of physical activity, is a non-weight bearing activity that is considered less stressful on the body than impact or other running sports, and has been shown to improve muscle weakness.

In this study, recruiting 256 participants, half of the participants will be randomised to receive standard physiotherapy treatment that is available through the NHS.  The other half of the patients will receive weekly group education and static cycling sessions designed to increase strength and function through physical activity.

At the start and end of treatment, we will measure participants’ activity levels, pain, and quality of life. The results from two groups will then be compared. Six months after treatment we will assess whether the cycling/advice group are more likely to keep up their increased activity; and which group offers the better value for money.

More information can be found on the CLEAT website.