The 6 Most Effective Core Exercises After Hip Replacement

Moving again after surgery, especially hip surgery can be very challenging. Physical therapy needs to followed strictly to ensure a full rehabilitation. Thankfully there are many hip and core exercises that will help you regain full function.

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Sean Klein
Published on
19/04/22
Last updated
05/07/22
In This Resource
  • Benefits Of Core Training After A Hip Replacement
  • Reducing Tightness
  • Regaining Range Of Motion
  • Regaining Strength
  • Sample Hip Rehab Workout
  • Common Questions
  • How Do I Strengthen My Core After Hip Replacement Surgery?
  • What Is The Best Exercises After A Total Hip Replacement?
  • How Long Will It Take To Get Back To Normal Health With Physical Therapy A Post Hip Replacement?
  • Why Is Strength and Mobilization Training Important After Total Hip Arthroplasty?

A hip replacement is an extremely serious operation and all the advice from medical professionals should be followed before you start to formulate your own plan to strengthen the core area after a hip replacement. Once the more physiotherapy based movements have been perfected, as outlined in this great guide from OrthoInfo , strengthening the core musculature and the hip using strength training will be very beneficial. Initially these simple but effective movements will be great to move your recovery in the right direction.

Benefits Of Core Training After A Hip Replacement

Reducing Tightness

Reducing tightness from the surgery will be of great relief, movement is a great way to increase blood flow to this area of the body and reduce the sensation of tightness that might be appearing.

Regaining Range Of Motion

Regaining range of motion through the hip is crucial to arriving at full health. This can be helped substantially by improving core strength as the hip stabilisers are an important part of the core musculature.

Regaining Strength

Regaining strength in the hip will not only increase function of the hip joint but also prevent any issues occurring in the future.

Sample Hip Rehab Workout

Complete 3 rounds

1. Banded Extensions

Complete 8 repetitions

2. Side Lying Clam Raise

Complete 8 repetitions

3. 90 Degree Hold to Diagonal Reach

Complete 6 repetitions

Common Questions

How Do I Strengthen My Core After Hip Replacement Surgery?

You need to have a full plan outlined by a physiotherapist that will involve movements like the ones above but are specific to your body and situation.

What Is The Best Exercises After A Total Hip Replacement?

There are no “best exercises”, everything is context dependant and specific to someones goals and situations. The most important adaptation from an exercise is balance and core stability, whilst regaining full range of motion. Thankfully there are many different exercise which can create this adaptation.

How Long Will It Take To Get Back To Normal Health With Physical Therapy A Post Hip Replacement?

Again, it’s really depends on the severity of the operation, the individual involved and a number of other factors. Your physiotherapist will be able to give you specific advice tailored to your situation. Adherence to the physical therapy after total hip replacement will be a key factor in the speed of recovery. Someone who spends a great deal of time working on their sliding hip abduction, hip internal rotation and hip glute maximum post replacement hip surgery will recover very well and in a timely fashion. These core exercises are more to help post the hip exercises for the hip joint muscles.

Why Is Strength and Mobilization Training Important After Total Hip Arthroplasty?

The use of strength training and mobilization techniques has been shown to be beneficial in those who under go a hip replacement as it improves hip range of motion and gait performance. Strength training has also been shown to increase strength post operation which will allow people to regain normal function as early as possible.

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