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Bone & Joint Injuries

What exercises can I do after hip replacement surgery?

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  • AScott Martin, Orthopedic Surgery, answered
    After hip replacement surgery, check with your physical therapist to find out if you are ready to do these exercises to strengthen your hip:

    Standing knee raises: Standing with the aid of a walker or holding a stable surface, lift your thigh and bend your knee. Hold for five to 10 seconds. Straighten your knee and touch the floor with your heel first. Repeat until your leg feels fatigued.

    Hip abduction: Standing with your hand on a stable surface, lift your leg out to the side as far as you can and hold for five to 10 seconds. Keep your hip, knee, and foot pointing straight forward. Repeat until your leg feels fatigued.
  • Doing the following exercises will help you recover after total hip replacement surgery:

    Buttocks squeeze
    • Lie on your back with your legs straight.
    • Squeeze buttocks together.
    Hip abduction
    • Lie on your back with your legs together.
    • Move your leg out to the side, keeping your knee straight.
    • Return to starting position.
    Heel slides
    • Lie on your back with your legs straight.
    • Slide your heel up toward your buttocks.
    • Return to starting position.
    Quad sets
    • Lie or sit with your leg extended.
    • Tighten the quad muscles, which are above your knee on the front of your thigh.
    • Try to push the back of your knee downward.
    External rotation
    • Lie or sit on a firm, flat surface with your legs straight in front of you.
    • Rotate one leg out from your hip, then return it to neutral position (toes straight up). Rotate the entire leg.
    Straight leg raise
    • Recline on your back, resting on your elbows.
    • Bend your uninvolved leg.
    • Straighten your operated leg as much as you can, tightening the muscles on top of the thigh.
    • Raise your heel off the floor or bed about  inches. Hold for five seconds, then slowly lower and relax.
    Hamstring sets
    • Sit with your leg slightly bent.
    • Without moving your leg, tighten the muscles on the back of your leg.
    • Try to push your heel down.
    Short arc quad
    • Sit on a flat surface with your hands behind you for support.
    • Bend your uninvolved leg.
    • Place a rolled-up bath towel under the knee of your operated leg.
    • Straighten your operated leg by lifting your foot toward the ceiling, keeping your knee on the towel roll. Then slowly lower your foot.
    Sitting knee extension
    • Sit with your legs bent to 90 degrees.
    • Straighten your operated leg at your knee.
    • Return to starting position.
    Hip extension
    • Stand holding on to a table or wall for balance.
    • Extend your operated leg backward, keeping your knee straight.
    • Return to the starting position.
    Heel and toe raises
    • Stand up, using a counter for balance.
    • Raise up on your toes as high as you can. Return to starting position and repeat.
    • Next, put your weight on your heels and raise your toes. Return to starting position and repeat.
    Knee squats
    • Stand on both feet, holding on to a counter or wall for balance if needed.
    • Bend your knees to 45 degrees. Be sure to keep good low-back posture. Don't let your knees go past the end of your toes.
    • Return to the starting position.
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