Useful exercises for patient rehabilitation following hip replacement surgery

If you are working in orthopaedics, you’ll know how important it is that patients recovering from hip replacement surgery begin exercising as soon as possible following their operation. This can help them prevent blood clots and develop strength and flexibility in the new prosthetic joint.

There are a number of useful exercises that can be recommended to patients by orthopaedic professionals in conjunction with ongoing physiotherapy consultations that will promote a full and speedy recovery following hip replacement surgery.

Exercise 1

With a soft pillow placed between the knees, the patient should lie down on one side. Keeping their feet together and being careful not to twist the back, the upper knee should be lifted up like a shell opening. The patient should then hold the position for a few seconds, before slowly lowering the knee down and repeating.

Exercise 2

The patient should lie down on their side with the bottom leg bent as a support so that they don’t roll over onto their back. With the top leg straight, they should then lift it up towards the ceiling. Lower the leg down slowly and repeat.

Exercise 3

The patient should lie down on their back and bend one leg. Pull in the stomach muscles and lift the bent leg slightly. Gradually lower the leg to the starting position and repeat.

Exercise 4

The patient lies down on their stomach, keeping their buttocks clenched tight. One leg is lifted and held for a count of 5. The patient slowly lowers the leg and repeats the exercise.

Exercise 5

The patient lies on their stomach with their legs straight. They should bend one leg and lift the heel upwards towards their buttocks. Lower the leg down very slowly and repeat the exercise.

Exercise 6

For this exercise, the patient should sit in a stable chair and place a special physio elastic loop around both their ankles. The patient lifts one foot and straightens out their leg, whilst keeping the other foot on the floor and stretching the elastic band. The patient then gradually lowers one foot to the floor, and then repeats the exercise.

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