What exercises should be avoided after hip replacement?
The general consensus is that high-impact sports are discouraged following surgery. These are activities with a high risk of falling such as rugby, martial arts and football. Low impact sports such as golf, cycling, hiking and swimming (avoid breaststroke) are encouraged.
How soon after hip replacement can I start exercising?
About 6 weeks after surgery, most patients are able to scale back and do exercises 3 or 4 times a week. Below are hip-strengthening exercises that doctors and physical therapists commonly recommended to hip replacement patients. Patients may be advised to do 10 or 15 repetitions of each exercise a few times a day.
How long does it take to walk normally after a hip replacement?
Most hip replacement patients are able to walk within the same day or next day of surgery; most can resume normal routine activities within the first 3 to 6 weeks of their total hip replacement recovery. Once light activity becomes possible, it’s important to incorporate healthy exercise into your recovery program.