Hip surgery is a common orthopedic procedure that can help you enjoy a more active lifestyle. Physical activity following orthopedic surgery will help you get back on your feet; however, it’s important to avoid doing too much activity too quickly after the procedure. After hip surgery, your physical therapist will help you learn which activities you should be doing and how often you can do them.
Using Assistive Devices
You can expect to use an assistive device for at least several weeks following orthopedic surgery. Your physical therapist will show you how to walk properly with your walker or cane before you leave the hospital. Even if you think your hip joint can bear your weight, it’s important to continue to use your assistive device until your doctor clears you for unaided walking.
Working with Your Physical Therapist
You’ll return to the hospital regularly for sessions with your physical therapist after you’ve been discharged. Your physical therapist will show you specific stretches and exercises that can improve your flexibility and strength. Additionally, you should follow your physical therapist’s recommended exercise routine at home between sessions at the hospital. You can expect to continue these exercises for at least two months after your orthopedic surgery.
Developing an Exercise Routine
In addition to your physical therapy exercises, it’s a good idea to stay active with additional exercise. Your physical therapist might recommend that you go for short walks a few times a day or that you ride a stationary bicycle. When your doctor clears you for additional activity, you can enjoy low-impact exercises such as doubles tennis, bowling, and golfing.
After having your orthopedic surgery at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, take advantage of our extensive outpatient rehabilitation services, including physical therapy and occupational therapy. The therapists at our community hospital can help you enjoy a safe and speedy recovery from your surgery. If you have any general healthcare questions or wish to know more about our orthopedic services, call our St. Petersburg hospital at (855) 245-8328.