Exercise After Hip Replacement Surgery #hipreplacement / #AAOS / #physicaltherapy

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In their Total Hip Replacement Exercise guide, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) notes that “regular exercises to restore your normal hip motion and strength and a gradual return to everyday activities are important for your full recovery” from a hip implant surgery (arthroplasty).

Some of these exercises include:

Early Postoperative Exercises

Orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists may recommend 20-30 minutes of exercise 2-3 times per day in early recovery from hip implant surgery.

  • Ankle pumps
  • Ankle rotations
  • Bed-supported knee bends
  • Buttock contractions
  • Abduction exercise
  • Quadriceps set
  • Straight leg raises
  • Standing exercises
  • Standing knee raises
  • Standing hip abduction
  • Standing hip extensions

Walking and Early Activity

  • Walking with walker
  • Walking with cane or crutch
  • Stair climbing and descending

Advanced Exercises and Activities

  • Elastic tube exercises
    • Resistive hip abduction
    • Resistive hip extensions
  • Exercycling
  • Walking

The AAOS provides this information as an educational service and it is not intended to serve as medical advice. They recommend that anyone seeking specific orthopaedic advice or assistance should consult his or her orthopaedic surgeon.

Yoga may also help to speed up recovery, strengthen the hip joint and help patients regain freedom of movement after hip replacement surgery.

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