Hip Replacement Exercises – What Is Recommended For A Long Term?
No matter what type of hip replacement you have, hip replacement surgery and recovery is a difficult and lengthily process. The surgical procedure itself is difficult and complicated and can even result in substantial blood loss. Additionally, the recovery time is long and you are immobile for a few days while the new joint sets. No matter if you have had a routine anterior hip replacement or are recovering from the less common torn hip labrum surgery, your doctor will likely recommend exercises to help keep your new joint healthy. These gentle movements are specifically for people recovering from this type of surgery and are a great way to prevent hip replacement complications. There are a wide variety of potentially beneficial hip replacement exercises however there are some that are great for long term maintenance of your new joint.
Standing knee raises are a great long term maintenance option amongst hip replacement exercises. While post operatively you will be limited to angle rotations and butt clenching movements, standing knee raises are for the healed patient and involve standing and bracing yourself on a sturdy object. From this position, you can raise the affected leg, but no higher than your waist. Hold it there for just a couple of seconds and release, for up to 10 repetitions. You can do this 3 or 4 times a day for maintenance. Hip replacement exercises are designed to gently move the affected limb in ways that will benefit it most following surgery, and our next offering for hip replacement exercises does just that. Again you will start by bracing yourself against a sturdy object, such as a chair. From there, you will lift your leg out to the side away from your body. Don’t get crazy, a few inches off the floor is adequate. As with other hip replacement exercises, you can repeat this motion 10 times and then rest. You can do this option also between 3 and 4 times per day.
Hip replacement exercises are a great way to increase mobility in your new joint. It keeps all the moving parts of your leg nice and limber which can reduce stiffness and achiness and is a great way to promote the long term health of the new joint. Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to begin long term hip replacement exercises; however you should not try them immediately following surgery. Often the healing time following your surgical procedure is extensive, and you will need to wait for the green light to begin your daily maintenance routine.