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Five years ago, I had my right hip joint replaced. Now, I’m going to have the left one done. My doctor wants me to exercise before the operation. How soon should I start?


Results from a recent study show that an eight-week program of exercises before surgery for a total hip replacement is best. Patients who exercise before the operation are less stiff and have less pain. They also have better motion and function. Exercises will be continued after the operation. Usually, these begin again about three weeks after the procedure. The same exercise program can be used again. Patients begin with a few exercises and slowly progress. Continue the program until 12 weeks after the operation. It’s often helpful to have a physical therapist guide you in choosing the right exercises. Helen J. Gilbey, PhD, et al. Exercise Improves Early Functional Recovery After Total Hip Arthroplasty. In Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. March 2003. Vol. 408. Pp. 193-200.

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