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What is the typical physical therapy protocol for treatment of total hip replacement?

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Dr. Stephen Rockower
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Lots of exercise

You will need to strengthen the muscles around your hip.
You will lift it in multiple directions, and walk on it ("weight bear") to get used to the new conditions. You may get on a stationary bike to aid in motion. You may have some motion precautions in the early stages, depending on the surgeon's approach to the hip.

In brief: Lots of exercise

You will need to strengthen the muscles around your hip.
You will lift it in multiple directions, and walk on it ("weight bear") to get used to the new conditions. You may get on a stationary bike to aid in motion. You may have some motion precautions in the early stages, depending on the surgeon's approach to the hip.
Dr. Stephen Rockower
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Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Activity progression

Walking same day as surgery with a walker or crutches.
Muscle strengthening exercises and gentle range of motion work. Progression to full weight bearing per doctors instructions. Walking and stairs when able. Water exercises when wound is healed. Some doctors will use certain precautions for 6 weeks, then increase activities as tolerated.

In brief: Activity progression

Walking same day as surgery with a walker or crutches.
Muscle strengthening exercises and gentle range of motion work. Progression to full weight bearing per doctors instructions. Walking and stairs when able. Water exercises when wound is healed. Some doctors will use certain precautions for 6 weeks, then increase activities as tolerated.
Dr. David Fisher
Dr. David Fisher
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Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: Gait retraining

The focus of physical therapy after hip replacement is to restore a normal gait or walking ability.
It also will focus on stretching and strengthening of the muscles around the hip. A good program can be established with the help of a physical therapist well-versed in total hip rehabilitation.

In brief: Gait retraining

The focus of physical therapy after hip replacement is to restore a normal gait or walking ability.
It also will focus on stretching and strengthening of the muscles around the hip. A good program can be established with the help of a physical therapist well-versed in total hip rehabilitation.
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
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