Exercises After a Hip Replacement
posted by Michael Carlson, MD | January 1, 2018
A big part of recovery after a hip replacement involves rehabilitating the pelvic joint to regain full range of motion in the hip. This can be accomplished through exercise, which is recommended for 20 or 30 minutes multiple times per. These exercises are great during recovery.
The ankle and other muscles in the lower leg should be exercised regularly to help keep them strong and to improve the circulation of blood in the legs. Here are a couple examples:
It’s also important to work out muscles that are involved with supporting and controlling the hips like your quadriceps and gluteus muscles:
To help strengthen the quads and glutes, lie on your back and flex the new hip and corresponding knee. Lift your knee off the bed as you slide your foot along it, keeping the unaffected leg straight the entire time. Hold this for 10 seconds.
Although these are standard exercises after a hip replacement, your surgeon or physical therapist may recommend different exercises. Consult them before implementing a new exercise into your routine.
“Hip Replacement Surgery Rehabilitation Exercises.” Arthritis Health. https://www.arthritis-health.com/surgery/hip-surgery/hip-replacement-surgery-rehabilitation-exercises
“9 Exercises For a Speedy Recovery Post Hip Replacement Surgery.” Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center. https://www.texashealthspineortho.org/blog/9-exercises-for-a-speedy-recovery-post-hip-replacement-surgery/
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.