What kinds of exercises are safe after a total hip arthroplasty?
Your physical therapist or doctor will need to approve any exercise you do following your total hip arthroplasty. It’s important that you get medical clearance before performing any type of exercise, especially following such a complicated procedure.
However, you may expect your medical team to ask you to begin with exercises such as these following the surgery. Each of the following exercises is performed lying in a hospital (or home) bed.
Lying on your back, legs stretched out flat, pull your toes slowly towards your knee, flexing your foot up and down five to ten times in a session. Repeat on the other side.
Lying on your back, legs stretched out flat, gently curve your feet in toward one another. Repeat five to ten times on each side.
Lying on your back, legs stretched out flat, slowly place your foot flat on the bed. Slide it toward your buttocks, being careful not to allow too much pressure on the knee or hip. Repeat 10 times on each side.
Exercises like the ones listed above are often prescribed in the hospital as they’re usually safe to do immediately following surgery, but remember to follow your doctor’s specific prescription for physical therapy with a qualified therapist to ensure your safety and reduce your risk of injury.