Post hip replacement surgery, regular exercise is essential for restoring the normal motion of the hip joint and increasing the strength of the pelvic joint. To speed up the recovery process, orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists advise patients to exercise for at least 20 to 30 minutes, twice or thrice a day (of course you should always consult your doctor first to make before starting an exercise program). No matter whether a patient has undergone total or partial hip replacement surgery, regular exercise helps increase the flow of blood to the legs and feet, thereby, preventing blood clots. Guiding the discussion further, let’s discuss nine exercises that can help regain hip functionalities post hip replacement surgery.
1. Ankle Pumps
This exercise requires you to slowly push your foot up and down, as often as every 5 to 10 minutes, several times in a day. You could begin this exercise immediately after surgery and continue until full recovery.
2. Ankle Rotations
Move your ankle inward towards your other foot and subsequently, move it outwards and away from your other foot. Do this exercise for the operated side, repeating the entire workout 5 times, in each direction, do this 3 to 4 times each day.
3. Bed-Supported Knee Bends
For this exercise, you need to slide your heel toward your buttocks, while keeping your heel on the bed, bending your knee in the process. You must ensure that you do not let your knee roll inwards. Additionally, you need to repeat this exercise about 10 times, 3 to 4 times a day.
4. Contraction of the Buttocks
This exercise requires you to tighten the muscles of your buttock and keep them in that position for about 5 seconds. You have to complete 10 repetitions of this exercise 3 to 4 times a day and ensure that you breathe normally.
5. Quadriceps Set
This exercise requires you to tighten your thigh muscles, by straightening your knee. Slight discomfort might set in during the initial recovery phase, however, try to straighten your knee and hold the position for 5 to 10 seconds. You need to repeat the exercise 10 times for the operated leg, in a 10-minute period, while continuing until you feel fatigue in the thighs.
6. Standing Knee Raises
The exercise requires lifting your leg, on the same side as your surgically corrected hip, towards your chest. Avoid lifting your knee any higher than your waist, and hold the leg in that position for 2 or 3 seconds. Lower your leg and repeat the process 10 times, 3 to 4 times a day, until full recovery.
7. Standing Hip Abduction
In this exercise, you must ensure that your hip, the knee, and the foot are all pointing straight forward while keeping your body linear. Now, keeping your knee straight, try lifting your leg out towards your side. Next, lower your leg slowly until your foot rests on the floor. Perform 10 repetitions of this exercise, 3 to 4 times a day.
8. Standing Hip Extensions
This exercise requires you to lift your leg backward slowly, ensuring your back remains completely straight. Hold the position for 2 to 3 seconds, and slowly return your foot to the floor. Repeat the process 10 times for 3 to 4 cycles each day until complete recovery.
Undergoing hip replacement surgery, both total and partial, requires patients to take special care and exercise regularly. Incorporating the simple exercises we discussed in this post can help speed up the recovery process, and restore joint strength and movement. If you have any questions or wish to learn more, simply call +1-888-608-4762 or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you, shortly.
***Please remember to always consult your doctor prior to starting any exercise program.