Home Therapy Exercises After Total Hip Replacement
To see the full benefit of hip replacement, physical therapy will be a necessary part of the rehabilitation process. Physical therapy can help to reduce swelling, decrease pain, improve range-of-motion, build strength, challenge balance and develop endurance. The majority of patients are able to return to sedentary jobs and activities, such as driving within 4-6 weeks, while more demanding occupations may take longer.
It is recommended you dedicate 30-60 minutes each day for exercises. You can break up your exercise routine and do some exercises in the morning and others in the afternoon or perform different groups of exercises on different days.
The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) has outlined a home exercise program for you after your hip replacement. This handout accompanies our patient exercise videos that you can find at www.AAHKS.org/HipKnee. Exercises will focus on stretching, strengthening, endurance, and balance. The hip rehabilitation program is broken down into three phases: Weeks 1-3, Weeks 4-6, Weeks 7 and Beyond. You can print the accompanying schedule to keep track of your progress.
These exercises are a general guide to rehabilitation after total joint replacement. After completing the eight- week program, you should continue a “maintenance exercise program” two to three days a week to keep your muscles strong and to keep a healthy lifestyle. Frequent follow up appointments will be required to check your progress. Please keep in mind that your surgeon may have you follow certain hip precautions depending on your particular hip surgery. PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR SURGEON BEFORE STARTING ANY
EXERCISES TO BE SURE YOU EXERCISE IN A SAFE MANNER.