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6 Weeks after a Total Hip Replacement – What exercises should I do?

Apr 15, 2020

Exercises to do 6 weeks after a Total Hip Replacement

You have had a total hip replacement 6 weeks ago but are not sure what exercises you should be doing? We been asked by a lot of people recently local to our private physiotherapy clinics in Havant Rowlands Castle and Horndean what are the exercises I should be doing 6 weeks after my hip replacement.

Patients we been talking to have been given exercises to do but limited guidance about how and when to progress them and how many to do.

We talk with every patient to discuss goals, what they want to be able to achieve, then we provide a full assessment looking at movement, strength, balance, we also look to see if there are any areas of muscle tension/tightness.

Here are some exercises to do if you are now 6 weeks post a total hip replacement (THR).

Please be aware of your body and take advice from your local health care professional before exercising or send an email to (enquiries@physio-logical.net) for advice and guidance. When exercising do not push into sharp pain.

Hip Exercises – from 6 weeks post THR

 

Side Step Ups

side step up
  • Standing with your operated leg on a step
  • Step up and down keeping your operated leg on the step
  • Push down through you heel and squeeze your buttocks when you push up
  • Repeat 10 times, 2 times a day

Squats

squats
  • Keeping your knees in line with your second toes
  • Do a mini squat down
  • Hold for 5 seconds, repeat 10 times, 2 times a day

 

 Hip Abduction (side lying)

 

Side leg raises
  • Lying on your side with your back against the wall and you operated leg on top
  • Slide your heel up the wall, lifting your leg up
  • Do not let your leg some forwards or cross in front of your other leg when coming down
  • Hold for 5 seconds, repeat 10 times, 2 times a day

 

Hip Extension (lying on your front)

  

hip extension
  • Lying on your front
  • Squeeze your buttocks and lift your operated leg up
  • Hold for 5 seconds, repeat 10 times, 2 times a day

If you have had a total hip replacement and are still struggling with pain or stiffness and are still not back doing what you want to, or are not sure what exercises you should be doing, then please get in contact with us so we can work with you to set you specific exercises to achieve your individual goals. Email enquiries@physio-logical.net, call 07835 712306 or book online.

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