Post Operative Exercises

Typical Total Hip Post-Operative Exercises
(Please note that these exercises are for example only and any exercises you want to do should be prescribed by your physician and/or your physical therapist. Trinitas Regional Medical Center is not liable for any injury or condition you may experience by choosing to emulate these exercises. They are presented for informational purposes only.)

woman lying down

A. Gluteal Sets
Starting Position: Lying on your back.
Exercise: Squeeze buttocks firmly together. Hold for approximately five seconds, then relax.
Duration: Repeat 10-15 times, two to three times a day.

women sitting in a chair with one leg up

B. Knee Extension
Starting Position: Lying on your back, bend one leg and put your foot on the bed and put a cushion under the other knee.
Exercise: Exercise your straight leg by pulling your foot and toes up, tightening your thigh muscle and straightening the knee (keep your knee on the cushion). Hold for approximately five seconds and slowly relax. To make the exercise harder, put a light weight around your ankle.
Duration: Repeat 10-15 times, two to three times a day.

women lying down with one leg up

C. Straight Leg Raises
Starting Position: Lying on your back with one leg straight and the other leg bent (you can vary the exercise by having your foot pointing either upwards, inwards or outwards).
Exercise: Exercise your straight leg by pulling the toes up, straightening the knee and lifting the leg 20 centimeters off the bed. Hold for approximately five seconds then slowly relax.
Duration: Repeat 10-15 times, two to three times a day.

D. Supported Squat
Starting Position: Stand in front of a table or chair, holding on to the support with both hands.
Exercise: Slowly crouch, keeping your back straight and heels on the floor. Stay down for approximately 20 seconds and feel the stretching in your buttocks and the front of your thighs.
Duration: Repeat 10-15 times, two to three times a day.

women standing behind a chair

E. Heel Raises
Starting Position: Stand.
Exercise: Push up on your toes.
Duration: Repeat 10-15 times, two to three times a day.

F. Hip Abduction
Starting Position: Stand straight, holding on to a support.
Exercise: Lift your leg sideways and bring it back, keeping your trunk straight throughout the exercise.
Duration: Repeat 10-15 times, two to three times a day.

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