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Advice and Exercises Following A Total Hip Replacement

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Exercise 1
 Sitting or lying on your back
 Squeeze your buttocks together.
 Hold each exercises for 5-10 seconds, relax then repeat.

Exercise 2
 Sit or lie with your legs straight out in front of you.
 Push the back of your knee down towards the bed and pull your toes towards you.
 You should feel the muscle on the front of your thigh tighten.
 Hold for a count of 5, relax then repeat.

Exercise 3
 Sit or lie with your legs straight out in front of you.
 Slide the heel of your operated leg towards your bottom and allow your hip and knee to bend.
 Do not bend your hip beyond 90°.
 Slide your heel back down again, relax and repeat.

Exercise 4
 Sit or lie with your legs straight out in front of you
 Keep your toes pointing up to the ceiling throughout the exercise.
 Move your operated leg out to the side as far as possible.
 Return to the starting position.

Exercise 5
 Stand with your hands supported on a table or high backed chair.
 Lift the knee of your operated leg towards your chest, therefore bending your hip. Do not bend your hip more than 90°.
 Lower your foot to the floor, relax & repeat.

Exercise 6
 Stand with your hands supported on a table or high backed chair
 Keep your body straight and upright throughout the exercise
 Move your operated leg backwards as far as possible
 Return to the starting position
 Change to the non-operated leg and repeat

Exercises 7
 Stand with your hands supported on a table or high backed chair
 Keep your body straight and upright throughout the exercise
 Move your operated leg out to the side as far as possible
 Return to the starting position
 Relax and repeat
 Change to the non-operated leg and repeat

On Discharge:
If you live within Milton Keynes you will be referred to a physiotherapist to continue your therapy at home. You will be contacted within two weeks following your discharge.

If you live outside of Milton Keynes a referral will be sent to your local physiotherapy provider. The goals of your physiotherapy will be to achieve 90o hip flexion, improved muscle strength around the hip and to progress your mobility so you no longer require a frame or elbow crutches.

Precautions
The following precautions need to be applied to all situations e.g. getting into and out of bed, sitting, walking etc. for a minimum of three months in order to reduce the risk of dislocation of your new joint.

 Do not bend your hip beyond 90º degrees (a right angle between your leg and body).
 Do not cross your legs.
 Do not twist your legs in and out.