Total Hip Replacement Exercises

After total hip replacement surgery, regular exercises to restore your normal hip motion and strength and a gradual return to everyday activities are important for your full recovery. Dr. Wilhite or Dr. Komas and physical therapist may recommend that you exercise 20 to 30 minutes 2 or 3 times a day during your early recovery.

Always discuss any exercise program with your doctor before starting any new exercises. If you have any questions about which activities might be good for your recovery, always be sure to ask.

Click here to view the following typical exercises that may be recommended:

Early Postoperative Exercises
  • Quad Set
  • Ankle Pumps
  • Ankle Rotation
  • Abduction Exercise
  • Straight Leg Raises
  • Buttock Contractions
  • Bed-Supported Knee Bends
Standing Exercises
  • Standing Knee Raises
  • Standing Hip Abduction
  • Standing Hip Extensions

Walking & Early Activity
  • Stair Climbing & Descending
  • Walking with Cane or Crutch
  • Walking with Walker - Full Weight Bearing

Advanced Exercises & Activities

  • Walking
  • Exercycling
  • Elastic Tube Exercises:
    • Resistive Hip Flexion
    • Resistive Hip Abduction
    • Resistive Hip Extensions

Total Hip Replacement Do's & Don'ts

Following a few simple guidelines will help you to get the best results from your new hip:

DO     DON'T
> Use a cane if necessary.   > Bend over to pick up objects.
> Sit with feet at least six inches apart,   > Sit in a chair without handles.
> Ask for assistance lifting heavy objects.   > Lift heavy objects on your own.
> Use chair handles to lift yourself into a standing position.   > Perform strenuous physical activities.
> Walk normally and practice your physical therapy routine.   > Place excess weight on your new hip.
> Use a long-handled reacher to pull up sheets and blankets.   > Sit or lie down with your legs crossed.

Iliotibial Band Exercises

The iliotibial (IT) band is a tough group of fibers that begins at the hip, runs along the outside of the thigh and extends to the outer side of the shin bone just below the knee joint. The IT band acts primarily as a stabilizer during running and may become inflamed from overuse. The pain is usually felt on the outside of the knee or lower thigh.

Exercise 1
  1. Stand upright
  2. Cross the involved leg BEHIND the opposite leg
  3. Lean to the uninvolved side until a stretch is felt across the affected iliotibial band
  4. Hold for 30 seconds
  5. Repeat 5 times
Exercise 2
  1. Lie on your back
  2. Bend the involved leg's knee
  3. Grasp behind the bent leg's knee with both hands
  4. Pull the involved leg toward the opposite shoulder
  5. Hold for 30 seconds
  6. Repeat 5 times
Exercise 3
  1. Sit with your legs out in front of you
  2. Bend your knee and place the leg of the involved leg across your opposite leg placing your foot flat on the floor
  3. Rotate your body to look over the shoulder on the involved side until a stretch is felt
  4. Hold for 30 seconds
  5. Repeat 5 times