Exercises After Total Hip Replacement

Exercises After Total Hip Replacement

Regular exercises to restore your normal hip motion and strength and a gradual return to everyday activities are important for your full recovery. Your orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapist may recommend that you exercise 20 to 30 minutes 2 or 3 times a day during your early recovery. They may suggest some of the following exercises.

Ankle Pumps

Slowly push your foot up and down. Do this exercise several times as often as every 5 or 10 minutes. This exercise can begin immediately after surgery and continue until you are fully recovered.

Ankle Rotations

Move your ankle inward toward your other foot and then outward away from your other foot.
Repeat 5 times in each direction 3 or 4 times a day.

Bed-Supported Knee Bends

Slide your heel toward your buttocks, bending your knee and keeping your heel on the bed. Do not let your knee roll inward.
Repeat 10 times 3 or 4 times a day.

Abduction Exercise

Slide your leg out to the side as far as you can and then back.
Repeat 10 times 3 or 4 times a day.

Quadriceps Set

Tighten your thigh muscle. Try to straighten your knee. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds.
Repeat this exercise 10 times during a 10-minute period.
Continue until your thigh feels fatigued.

Straight Leg Raises

Tighten your thigh muscle with your knee fully straightened on the bed. As your thigh muscle tightens, lift your leg several inches off the bed. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Slowly lower.
Repeat until your thigh feels fatigued.

Standing Knee Raises

Lift your operated leg toward your chest. Do not lift your knee higher than your waist. Hold for 2 or 3 counts and put your leg down.
Repeat 10 times 3 or 4 times a day

Standing Hip Abduction

Be sure your hip, knee and foot are pointing straight forward. Keep your body straight. With your knee straight, lift your leg out to the side. Slowly lower your leg so your foot is back on the floor.
Repeat 10 times 3 or 4 times a day.

Standing Hip Extensions

Lift your operated leg backward slowly. Try to keep your back straight. Hold for 2 or 3 counts. Return your foot to the floor.
Repeat 10 times 3 or 4 times a day.

Reference

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00303

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