Exercise Program After Hip Surgery

To optimize your recovery and functional ability after Hip Surgery, it is essential that you perform key exercises to strengthen the muscles around your hip.  These exercises are the foundation to restoring strength and flexibility that will assist you in walking well and returning to an active lifestyle.

Perform each exercise 10 times, twice daily.  Work up to a total of 3 sets of 10, twice a day. 

Ankle Pumps

Pull your foot up toward you, then point your foot downward. Move through full range of motion.

Angle Pumps
Quadriceps Set

Tighten your muscles on the top of your thighs by pushing your knees downward. Hold for 5 seconds. The towel roll under your ankle will allow your knee to straighten.

Quadriceps Set
Gluteal Set

Squeeze your buttock muscles together tightly. Hold for 5 seconds.

Gluteal Set
Heel Slide

Slide heel toward buttocks to bend knee then slowly lower.

Heel Slide
Terminal Knee Extension

Place knee over a rolled towel. Lift your heal up by tightening the muscles on top of your thigh. Hold your knee as straight as possible for 5 seconds.

Terminal Knee Extension
Hip Abduction

While keeping your toes and knee pointed toward the ceiling, bring your leg slowly out to the side and return slowly to the midline.

Hip Abduction
Sitting Knee Extension

Gradually straighten out your knee while sitting up straight in a chair. Pull your foot toward you and hold for 5 seconds. Gradually lower your leg.

Sitting Knee Extension
We encourage you to practice these exercises prior to surgery. If you have increased pain, stop any exercise that causes discomfort.

• RETURN to Total Hip Physical Therapy

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If you have any questions regarding your upcoming surgery, please call your doctor.

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.