Total Joint Replacement

Total Hip Replacement Pre-Op Exercises

Typical Total Hip Pre-Operative Exercises
(Please note that these exercises are for example only and any exercises you want to do should be prescribed by your physician and/or your physical therapist. Trinitas Regional Medical Center is not liable for any injury or condition you may experience by choosing to emulate these exercises. They are presented for informational purposes only.)

A. Gluteal Sets
Starting Position: Lying on your back.
Exercise: Squeeze buttocks firmly together. Hold for approximately five seconds, then relax.
Duration: Repeat 10 times, two to three times a day.

B. Straight Leg Raises
Starting Position: Lying on your back with one leg straight and the other leg bent (you can vary the exercise by having your foot pointing either upwards, inwards or outwards).
Exercise: Exercise your straight leg by pulling the toes up, straightening the knee and lifting the leg 20 centimeters off the bed. Slowly relax.
Duration: Repeat 10-15 times per day with both legs, two to three times a day.

C. Hip Extension
Starting Position: Stand with a rubber exercise band around your ankle.
Exercise: Pull the band by bringing your leg straight backwards.
Duration: Repeat 10-15 times, two to three times a day.

D. Hip Abduction
Starting Position: Sidelying. Keep the leg that's on the bed bent and the upper leg straight.
Exercise: Lift the upper leg straight up with ankle flexed and the heel leading the movement.
Duration: Repeat 10-15 times, two to three times a day.

E. Standing Hip Adduction
Starting Position: Stand with a rubber exercise band around your ankle.
Exercise: Pull the band by bringing your leg out to the side.
Duration: Repeat 10-15 times, two to three times a day.<

F. Hip Abduction
Starting Position: Sit. Place a ball between your knees.
Exercise: Squeeze the ball. Hold for five seconds
Duration: Repeat 10-15 times, two to three times a day.

G. Supported Squat
Starting Position: Stand in front of a table or chair holding on to the support with both hands.
Exercise: Slowly crouch, keeping your back straight and heels on the floor. Stay down for approximately five seconds and feel the stretching in your buttocks and the front of your thighs.
Duration: Repeat 10 times, two to three times a day.

H. Heel Raises
Starting Position: Stand and hold onto something sturdy for balance.
Exercise: Push up on your toes.
Duration: Repeat 10-15 times, two to three times a day.