Health Tip: Adapting After Hip Replacement

By on July 24, 2017

If you’re among the millions of people who have had hip replacement surgery, there are some do’s and don’ts until you fully recover.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests:

  • For at least six weeks, don’t sit with your legs crossed. Keep the legs in a forward-facing position
  • Don’t raise your knee higher than your hip. Sit with the leg in front of you.
  • While seated, don’t lean forward or stretch to get something off the floor. Kneel down on the knee that’s on the side that was operated on.
  • While bending down, don’t turn your feet to an extreme inward or outward position. Also, don’t bend at the waist more than 90 degrees.
  • While in bed, don’t reach to grab the blankets.
  • Manage pain by applying an ice pack wrapped in a towel.
  • Apply heat for about 20 minutes before exercise. If exercising is painful, reduce the length of your session, but don’t stop altogether.

Source: HealthDay

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