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Exercise after hip surgery
Marie603 posted:
Walked a block and half yesterday with cane. Wow can really tell that I have not walked much in the past month. Anyone else had hip surgery can tell me how they added exercise to their day.
totallywiggedout responded:
Marie, did you have a replacement or a repair?
I had a terrible accident in Dec , 2005 . Crushed my left hip and splintered the thigh bone. They couldn't replace anything at the time because of the added trauma, they thought I'd die in the process... so they rebuilt my hip socket with screws and plates, then more plates and longer screws to fix the thigh.
Water exercise is the absolute best option. Because it gives you the most mobility and the least gravitational resistance. I strongly advise finding a rehab center that has a pool and gives "arthritis maintenance" classes. For a nominal fee you could get into these classes. Yes, they usually are older women in there and maybe a couple of men, but they are really FUN and good exercise. Take these forever if possible, not joking. VERY GOOD classes to get.
If you can't get into one, chk out the local Y or gym with pool. You can google water exercises Utube for arthritis maintenance and find out how to work the hip without hurting yourself.
The rehab people ALWAYS start you out on a bike, usually a recumbant one for about 5 min to warm up the hips. It's essential to follow some sort of warm up strategy so that you don't cause injury to surrounding tissue and tendons prior to any workout, even walking.
Otherwise, walking IS the absolute best form of post op exercise for strengthening your muscles to help support the injured area.
I'm sure you've had some rehab. Follow what they did as closely as possible and you'll be doing the best possible workout for yourself.
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