Not being able to play your favorite sports or play with your grandchildren. Feeling hip pain that makes it tough to make it through a normal workday. These are issues that no one wants to deal with, but they’re issues that are all too familiar to people with hip osteoarthritis.
This issue is also very common, especially in older people. Researchers report that about 19% of men and about 29% of women are likely to develop hip osteoarthritis. In its final stages, this issue is treated with a type of surgery called a total hip replacement, and it’s reported that more than 300,000 hip replacements occur in the U.S. annually. Physical therapy can help people heal after a hip replacement; further, physical therapists can also help people avoid specific exercises after their hip replacement.
These four exercise types should be avoided while you’re healing from a hip replacement
Therapeutic exercises are an important component of post-hip replacement physical therapy plans. Such exercises are intended to reduce post-surgical pain. They can also improve function and increase the strength of muscles that move and stabilize the hip. One study reports that an eight-week therapeutic exercise program significantly increased hip muscle strength. This included an almost 48% increase in hip extensor strength.
However, there are some exercises that you should avoid after a hip replacement. Most therapists and doctors recommend avoiding exercises that require you to:
- Bend your hip past 90 degrees (deep squats, lunges, knee-to-chest stretch)
- Cross one leg over the other (figure four stretch)
- Turn your foot inward (ankle rotations)
- Raise your leg to the side (side leg raises)
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation can help you heal after a hip replacement
Not sure which exercises you should avoid after a hip replacement? Our therapists at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation can help you. We’ll work closely with your primary care doctor and surgeon to create the most effective therapy plan for you.
Our team can help reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 after your hip replacement. We offer virtual care and at-home therapy services that allow you to get the therapy you need from the safety of your own home. You also don’t need to have a doctor’s referral to use any of our therapy services.
Contact our team today for more information about how we can help you recover from a hip replacement or to schedule an initial appointment.