Hip replacement exercises can help to speed up the recovery of patients who undergo hip replacement surgery.
In this article we share some pre-operative and post-operative exercises and tips for hip replacement patients to help you maintain your health and improve your quality of life.
But first, let’s look at the signs of needing a hip replacement…
What are the Symptoms of Needing a Hip Replacement?
If you experience deep, dull hip pain that radiates into your back, hip, groin, or knee, you may need a hip replacement.
Other signs that you may need this surgery include restricted range of motion in your hip and difficulty walking or standing.
If you believe you need a hip replacement, consult with your doctor to discuss your options.
What is the Average Age for a Hip Replacement?
67 years old is the average age for a hip replacement. Anyone from ages 40-90 can be eligible for a total hip replacement if medically appropriate.
How can you prepare Pre-Op for Hip Replacement Surgery?
To prepare pre-op for your hip replacement, you can start by improving your range of motion and flexibility. This will help make it easier for your surgeon to work on your hip joint and increase your chances of a successful outcome.
Pre-operative physio treatment is a speciality of the North West Physio Lutwyche clinic, so we encourage you to book an appointment as soon as possible.
We genuinely care about helping you get the very best outcome and minimising recovery time. The earlier you can meet with us, the sooner we can put a pre- and post-op plan in place to help.
Exercises for Pre-Hip Replacement
Before surgery, we encourage patients to focus on strengthening the muscles around your hip, including the glutes, quads, and calves. Strong muscles will help support your new hip joint and improve your chances of a speedy recovery.
How long is Hip Replacement Recovery?
Typically, 6-12 months.
Which Post-Op Hip Replacement Exercises are Best?
At North West Physiotherapy Lutwyche, we recommend the following exercises post-surgery:
- Glute bridges
- Hip Flexing to 90 degrees
- Bike rides
- Hip extension exercises
- Hip Abductor exercises
- Straight leg raises
Your physio will talk you to through how to do each exercise correctly for the best result. We also provide print outs or can direct you to an app, both provide step-by-step instructions for completing the exercise.
How to prepare for your hip replacement: Pre-operative and Post-Operative Tips
In summary, performing Physio-approved exercises before and after surgery, is a great way to speed up your recovery.
Exercises such as glute bridges, squats, walking, hydrotherapy, and more are great ways to exercise your hips before and after surgery
By following these simple tips, it’s very likely you recover more quickly from your hip replacement surgery.
For hip exercises, check out our blog here.
For a custom exercise plan specific to your needs, Call North West Physio today to book in session with one of our physiotherapists.