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Home Therapy Exercises After Total Hip Replacement

Updated: Apr 18

Recovery after surgery: To see the full benefit of hip replacement, therapy will be a necessary part of the rehabilitation process. Therapy can 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 exercises routine and do some exercises in the morning and others in the afternoon or perform different groups of exercises on different days.

ProSport Physical Therapy and its partner Hoag Orthopedic Institute have teamed up with The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) and will be outlining a series of home exercises for you after your hip replacement. 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.

This program starts with a warm-up period of stretching followed by more specific exercises for the hip muscles. We recommend using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, meloxicam or a pain reliever such as, acetaminophen before or after exercising to help with swelling and discomfort. Please follow your physician's guidance and the dosing directions on the package. We recommend brief warm-up and cool-down periods before and after exercising.

This multi-part series of exercises is 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.

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