After your hip replacement surgery, it’s important that you begin exercising as soon as possible to avoid atrophy and other complications. Your surgeon and your physical therapist will prescribe a number of low-impact exercises designed to strengthen your joint, promote blood flow and increase range of motion. You will be told how many repetitions to complete of each exercise and how many times a day to go through the routine. It is important that you follow your surgeon’s directions. Some examples of exercises you may be required to do include:
- Ankle Pumps
- Glut Sets
- Quad Sets/Extensions
- Short Arc Quad/Extension
- Hip Abduction
- Standing Hip Abduction
- Quadricep Extension
- Standing Hip Extension
Download Total Hip Group Exercises: Home Exercise Program PDF.
In general, physical therapy lasts two to four weeks. It is important to adhere to the exercise regimen prescribed by your doctor. There may be times when it feels like you’re “not getting anywhere” in your therapy because you don’t feel an improvement and/or decrease in pain. This is normal; the healing process takes time. Don’t give up and don’t get discouraged. Ask for help if you need it. Talk to your physical therapist about your concerns. Friends and family members can be helpful during your recovery process, too.
After three to four weeks, you should be able to perform these exercises at home without the assistance of a physical therapist. Always follow your surgeon's instructions regarding physical therapy or exercise.