The following are some ways to help incorporate
movement after you've had hip replacement surgery. Discuss these
techniques with your orthopedist before attempting them. Your physical
therapist may modify some of these techniques depending on your
particular situation (e.g., age, weight, and procedure).
At first, some movements will put too much
strain on your new hip joint and could cause the ball to slip from its
socket. A therapist will teach you which movements to avoid. A few of
the most risky ones are:
Don't let your knee cross the midline
of your body. Rather, sit with both feet on the
floor, with your knees six inches apart.
Don't plant your foot and rotate your
new hip inward. Instead, turn both of your feet with your body.
Instead of bending over from your
waist, use a device such as a long-handled grabber to help you.
Walking with crutches
Once your muscles are strong enough, your physical therapist
may recommend crutches instead of a walker. When using crutches, put
your weight on your palms, not your armpits. Don't twist to turn;
take small steps instead.