Physiotherapy Exercises

Physiotherapy Exercises

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Day of operation

It is important that you start with some simple exercises straight after your surgery.

Deep breathing exercises

Lying or sitting down, take a deep breath in through your nose and feel your tummy rise. Then breathe out slowly through your mouth. Take four to five breaths like this.

Repeat five to six times a day.

01 Deep Breating

Circulation exercises

With your knees straight, stretch your ankles up and down. This helps your circulation and will help to prevent a DVT (deep vein thrombosis).

Repeat 10 times each hour

02 Circulation

03 Circulation

Gluteal (buttock) exercises

Lying on your back, squeeze your buttocks firmly together. Hold for three seconds, then relax.

Repeat 10 times each hour

04 Gluteal

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Day 1 After Your Operation

These exercises are designed to increase the mobility of your new hip. All exercises should be done slowly and in a controlled manner.

You should be aiming to do all of these exercises about four to five times a day.

As you get stronger you will be able to do more each time. To start with, aim to do
10 repetitions of each exercise and build up to do 20.

Quadriceps (thigh) exercises

With your toes pulled towards you, tighten your thigh muscles by pushing your knee down into the bed.

Hold for five seconds and relax.

Repeat 10 times each hour.

05 Quadraceps 

Knee extension

Place a rolled towel under your knee. Keep your thigh resting on the rolled towel and lift your heel off the bed so that you fully straighten your knee.

Hold for five seconds and slowly lower.

Repeat 10 times each hour

06 Knee Extension

Hip and knee flexion

Lying on your back, slowly slide your heel up the bed, bending your knee, then slowly straighten again.

Repeat 10 times each hour

07 Hip Knee Flexion

Hip abduction

Lying on your back, keep your knee straight and your toes facing the ceiling and slide your leg out to the side. Slide it back to the middle.

Repeat 10 times each hour

 08 Hip Abduction

Your Physio will tell you when to start these exercises

Standing Exercises
Hip Abduction

Stand straight holding on to a support. Lift your leg sideways and bring it back keeping your trunk straight throughout the exercise.

Repeat 10 times each hour

09 Stand Hip Abduction

Hip Extension

Stand behind a chair and support yourself with both hands.

Slowly bend your hips and knees, trying to push your bottom back.

Stand up tightening your buttock muscles.

Repeat 10 times each hour

10 Hip Extension

Mini Squats

Stand behind a chair and support yourself with both hands.

Slowly bend your hips and knees, trying to push your bottom back.

Stand up tightening your buttock muscles.

Repeat 10 times each hour

11 Mini Squats

Sit to Stand

Sit on chair, if needed use arm rests. Lean forward. Put your weight on your feet while leaning forward.

 12 Sit Stand

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Hip Precautions

(applicable if you have had a total hip replacement or a Hemiarthroplasty)

DO NOT bend your operated hip further than 90 degrees. Sit in a high chair so that you do not bend your hip too far when you are sitting/standing. When bending down to pick something up, keep your operated leg behind you.

13 Hip Precaution

 

DO NOT cross your operated leg over the midline of your body when sitting.

14 Hip Precaution

 

DO NOT turn your operated leg inwards or twist on your operated leg.

15 Hip Precaution

 

DO NOT cross your operated leg over the midline of your body when lying down.

16 Hip Precaution

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Last updated: August 31, 2017