Published: July 26, 2007
Updated: Oct. 27, 2011
After total hip replacement surgery, your surgeon will recommend physical therapy to help you recover fully from the surgery and reduce pain associated with the surgery.
The goal of physical therapy is to strengthen the hip joint, so your physical therapist will help you exercise and teach you ways to strengthen your body and ensure a complete recovery.
In addition to working one-on-one with patients, Duke physical therapy provides the following tips and handouts to ensure patients make a full recovery after hip surgery.
Following hip surgery, certain positions need to be avoided so you can fully heal. Your physical therapist will tell you which surgical approach your doctor used so you can follow one of these precautions.
Download the Posterior Total Hip Home Instructions handout (PDF, 111 KB) for more instructions.
Download the Anterior Total Hip Home Instructions handout (PDF, 111 KB) for more instructions.
Use a walker or crutches until your doctor says you no longer need them (approximately four to six weeks post-op). You will be instructed on how much weight you can put on your leg, usually about 50 percent.
Always go up with your stronger leg first, followed by weaker leg, then assistive device. To go down, use the assistive device first, then the weaker leg, then the stronger leg. Remember to use the railing if one is available to you.
Download the posterior total hip Home Exercise Program (PDF, 274 KB)
Download the anterior total hip Home Exercise Program (PDF, 250 KB)
Duke Orthopaedics offers physical therapy programs at locations throughout North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill.