Approximately six to nine months after total hip replacement, you may be ready to train using the new hip joint.
Proceed gradually and follow the instructions of the surgeon and physiotherapist. Your new hip has some limitations. Exercise and strengthening can help you get the most out of your new hip by making it stronger and more mobile.
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Complete daily strengthening exercises to improve joint flexibility. While lying in bed, keep your feet straight out in front of you, with your knees straight.
Flex the muscle above the right thigh and keep the knee straight. Lift your foot off the mattress and hold for 5–10 seconds or as long as possible.
Repeat on the other side and alternate legs until your thighs are tired.
If you live in a relatively flat area, walk around the house, the mall, or outside for 20 to 30 minutes three or four days a week.
Simply walking on your new hip increases strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Use an exercise bike at the gym or home, if you have one, for 10-15 minutes a day to start. Move the seat to a comfortable level; your knees should barely bend with your foot touching the lowest pedal.
Swim for 10-15 minutes a day if you have a pool. Once the hip is fully healed, swimming provides a no-effect aerobic workout that can help you move your hip through its full range of motion without the drag of gravity.
Walk up and down the stairs every day. Hold firmly onto a handrail and lift your good leg up to the first step.
Continue with the operative hip and leg to the next step. Remember the saying, “Up with the good, down with the bad.” You go down the stairs with the hip surgery and the state-of-the-art leg.
- You may not participate in high-affected sports or jogging after hip replacement. Talk to your doctor.
- Use assistive devices – such as a cane – as your doctor encourages. They provide stability during gentle exercise and remove hip strain while strengthening the muscles surrounding the new joint.
- Pedaling the backward fixed bike may be more comfortable for you at first. Work gradually until you pedal forward.
Things you will need
- Assistive products as prescribed, for example, a cane or walker.