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Dr. David Hettinger
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Exercises to eliminate limp after hip replacement surgery?

Exercises to eliminate limp after hip replacement surgery?

Physical therapy: A good physical therapist is as good as gold after this type of surgery. Ask you surgeon for a referral. ...Read more

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Hip Replacement (Definition)

Total hip replacement: surgery in which the diseased ball and socket of the hip joint are completely removed and replaced with artificial materials. A metal ball with a stem (a prosthesis) is inserted into the femur (thigh bone) and an artificial plastic cup socket is placed in the acetabulum (a "cup-shaped" ...Read more


Dr. Jason Boyer
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What exercises are good after a hip replacement?

Walking and stairs: The muscles you want to strengthen most are those that move your hip and also stabilize the hip replacement. Walking and stairs are the easiest things to do in the beginning. This should not be painful but may be uncomfortable depending on how long ago the surgery was. Standing with something to help you balance and lifting the leg to the side in a scissor like movement will help as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Salvagno
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What is the reason that I still limp after my hip replacement?

What is the reason that I still limp after my hip replacement?

Weakness: Assuming that all else ( leg lengths equal and no nerve injury) is ok the most common reason for limp is weakness , especially of the abductor muscles. These muscles move the hip out to the side away from the body. A physical therapist can design a program to strengthen these muscles. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Simon
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What exercises help after having a hip replacement in 2008 due to limping for 15 years followed by hip revision in 2012 due tometal on metal?

What exercises help after having a hip replacement in 2008 due to limping for 15 years followed by hip revision in 2012 due tometal on metal?

Phys therapy eval: After hip replacement leg length often is changed. This requires an evaluation by your ortho, PMR doc or Phy therapist. Muscle weakness is also common, but correct balance is important, so ask your doc to irder a PT eval. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel McClurg
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How long does it take before I no longer run/bike with a limp after a hip replacement surgery?

Don't run: Depending on a number of factors including the surgical approach used, whether the leg was lengthened and differences among patients you can expect to have some limp for several months after hip replacement surgery. These replacements were not made for the impact of running and i strongly advise my patients to avoid those types of impact activities which will shorten implant life. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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After total hip replacement, what should be the exercises to do to rehabilitate? Would you recommend water exercises? How much time after surgery?

After total hip replacement, what should  be the exercises to do to rehabilitate? Would you recommend water exercises? How much time after surgery?

Varies: You would want to check with your surgeon. Most of the time you do need to limit your activities to some degree, particularly if you have a press fit hip in which bony ingrowth is needed to provide long term stability of the implant. For a period of time you also need to be careful not to put yourself in a position in which you might dislocate your hip. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Dr. Raj Sinha
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N I use eliptical exercise after hip replacement?

Post Op Care: Most likely yes. But none of us here can see what the post op instructions from your surgeon were or what the complications were or are to your surgery and your health. Surgeons would never let you leave the hospital without specific post op instructions. ...Read more

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Dr. Kim Capehart
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Can I use eliptical exercise after hip replacement?

Ask your doctor: I posit you'll be able to do many of the same activities you did before the hip surgery, if not more since you are not in pain, i hope. But you should always ask your surgeon before doing anything to make sure your body and procedure heal so you avoid complications. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Miller
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What are contraindications for exercise after someone has recovered from a hip replacement?

What are contraindications for exercise after someone has recovered from a hip replacement?

PT consult: is necessary for a comprehesive rehabilitation program. Most will start with gentle, passive range of motion coupleled with ultrasound or heat treatments. No vigorous walking, lifting, bending or aerobics until cleared by PT. ...Read more

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Exercise (Definition)

Exercise is physical activity, such as walking, running, swimming, biking, ...Read more


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