Hi - I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas on non-impact excercises to strengthen the hip muscles. Here's my position: I had some physio sessions at the beginning of the year which helped to stabilise my right knee a little (muscles had weakened due to hip problems, knee made a lot of clunky noises). That helped improve my right side a bit; however, I was told not to do excercises if they hurt the hip. Well, most of them hurt like hell (eg. any kind of leg lifts; I can do them sitting on a chair though). I got some extra strength, and my knee got a lot stronger, but over the last few weeks my hip has become more and more unstable. I walk short distances and can just about manage (dull ache in the hip joint) but as soon as I tackle steps it feels like the hip goes out of joint, there's a lot of cracking, and once re-adjusted I can make it down the steps (just). Also at night I often wake up and get a similar problem - as if the hip needs to re-align itself. It takes ages to settle and get comfortable again. Once settle there's not too much pain. I think that apart from the obvious joint damage, my muscles have weakened a lot over the last few weeks and am wondering if there is anything I can do which won't aggravate the joint to tone up a little. My OS has told me not to worry about physio, just rest and go about my daily business, but my surgery could be 4 months down the line and I would like to improve just enough to make it down the stairs (or any kind of step) a bit more easily or at least not get any worse... Any hints or suggestions? Thanks in advance.