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Physiotherapy After Total Hip Replacement

Total Hip replacement surgery is a method in which a doctor surgically removes a severely painful hip joint with arthritis and substitutes it with an artificial joint often made from metal and plastic elements. It is typically done when all other treatment alternatives have failed to give enough pain relief. The method should help ease a painful hip joint, which makes walking more comfortable.

Hip replacement surgery aims to replace the parts of the hip joint that have been damaged. Hip replacement surgery also aids in alleviating hip pain that can’t be managed by other treatments.

A conventional hip replacement includes an incision several inches long over the hip joint.

A recently found approach uses 1 or 2 smaller incisions to do the surgery. The newer method is known as minimally invasive hip replacement. Although the minimally invasive procedure is not for all people who need a hip replacement, your doctor will figure out and recommend the best method of hip replacement for you.

Total hip replacement surgery is a big surgery a person has to go through. Recuperation after such an operation is complicated and challenging. Daily exercise to rebuild strength and movement of your hip and a progressive return to daily activities is necessary for your full recovery after total hip replacement. Your orthopedic surgeon and physiotherapist may suggest that you exercise for at least 20 to 30 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day when you are in the early recovery phase. The doctors may recommend some of the exercises explained below.

The exercises given below can help you better understand your workout regime, monitored by your physiotherapist and orthopedic surgeon. To guarantee your safe recovery, be sure to check with a physiotherapist before executing any of the physiotherapy exercises given below.

Early Activity after the Total Hip Replacement Surgery.

Shortly after the hip replacement surgery, you will start to walk short distances in your hospital room and do light daily activities. The first or early activity supports your recovery and helps you to regain hip strength and mobility.

Ankle Pumps Exercise

Gently push your foot up and down. Repeat this exercise every 5 or 10 minutes to get better results.

Start Ankle pumps exercise immediately after the operation and continue the exercise until you are recovered.

Ankle Rotations Exercise

Move your ankle in towards your other foot and then out, away from your opposite foot.

Repeat the ankle rotations exercise 5 times in each direction.

Do Ankle Rotations 3 or 4 sessions a day.

Bed-Supported Knee Bends Exercise

Slide your foot to your buttocks, bending your knee, and maintaining your heel on the bed. Do not let your knee roll in. Hold your knee in a bent position as much as you can for 5 to 10 seconds and then straighten. Repeat ten times. Do Bed-Supported Knee Bends 3 or 4 sessions a day.

Buttock Contractions Exercise

Tighten your buttock muscles and hold till five counts.

Then repeat ten times. Do Buttock Contracts 3 or 4 sessions a day.

Standing Hip Extensions Exercise

Raise your operated leg towards the back slowly. Try to hold your back straight. Stay for 2 or 3 counts. Get your foot to the floor.

Repeat the same for ten times and do standing hip extensions 3 or 4 sessions a day.

Abduction Exercise

Slide your leg outward to the side as much as you can and then get your leg back. Repeat the same for ten times. Do Abduction Exercise for 3 or 4 sessions a day.


Just walking is the best way to help your hip recover from total hip replacement surgery. In the beginning, you will have to walk with a walker or crutches. Your surgeon or physiotherapist will tell you how much weight to put on your leg. Use a cane to walk until you have recovered your balance skills. At the start, walk for only 5 or 10 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day. As your strength and stamina develop, you can take a walk for 20 to 30 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day. Once you are fully recovered, regular walks of 20 to 30 minutes, 3 or 4 times a week, will help maintain your strength.

So, the above exercises are the ones that will help you with recovery after the total hip replacement surgery. So consult a good doctor who will guide you properly after the recovery.

Author Bio: A brainchild of IIT alumni Vipin, Abhishek and Garima, Care24 offers professional care from trained caregivers that help the patient recuperate at home. Care24 has been in operation since 2014 and has successfully helped 40000+ families heal at home in Mumbai and Delhi.

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