Healthy Hip Replacement Recovery Exercises At Waterfront Center

December 22, 2015

After hip replacement surgery, regular exercise is important for your recovery. It helps to gain back your normal hip motion and strength as well as reduce swelling, prevent blood clots, and control pain. A therapist will provide an exercise program that best suits your needs and strengthens your weakened muscles. Commitment is important for a full recovery. Here are five exercises you may have to do:

Ankle Pumps: This exercise involves pumping your whole foot up and down approximately every 5-10 minutes.

Knee Bends: Lie back with your knees bent. Slide your heel down the bed and then slowly slide it back up. Do this 8 times and then repeat on other side. This exercise should be done 3 times per day.

Buttock Squeezes: Tighten your buttock muscles and hold for 6 seconds. Repeat this 8 times, 3 or 4 times per day.

Bridging: With a large rolled towel between your thighs, lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat. Slowly lift your pelvis and lower back off of the floor, hold for 5 seconds then lower yourself back down. This should be done 3 times per week, 12 times each.

Hip extension: Support yourself by holding on to a chair or work surface. Move your leg backward slowly, keeping your back straight. Clench your buttock and hold for 4 seconds then slowly return your foot back to the floor. Do this 10 times, 3 to 4 times per day.

Before starting your exercise program make sure to talk to your surgeon or therapist to find out what’s right for your body. We’d love to discuss this with you here at Waterfront Center where our reputation for outstanding outcomes in physical therapy is well deserved!

Waterfront Center is part of the Centers Healthcare family; New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island’s premier group of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and senior care services. To speak to a healthcare specialist and find out more about Waterfront Center, contact us by phone 24/7 at 716.847.2500, or visit us at 200 Seventh Street Buffalo, NY 14201.

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