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jeandanc.jpg (30369 bytes)You could be dancing too!

Jean H and husband Charles, of England, square dancing just one year after Jean's THR surgery!

She is living proof, that there is life after THR.


Here is a copy of the exercises that my physical therapist okayed for me after my surgery. The exercises are really simple, but PLEASE CALL YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TRYING ANY OF THEM!

From my pt patient sheet I was given at the hospital do the following exercises 2-3 times per day, 2-3 sets of 10 each exercise:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Do each exercise slowly and smoothly; do not hold your breath during the exercises.
  2. Begin each exercise with the number of times listed. As each exercise becomes easier, the number of consecutive times it is repeated should be increased by one repetition. Do each exercise in sets of 10, progressing to a maximum of 50 repetitions unless otherwise stated. Rest between sets.

EXERCISES:

  1. QUAD SETS: Lie flat on you back (on the bed) with the operated let out straight. Tighten quadriceps muscle so that you knee cap moves up toward your hip. Your heel should lift slightly. Hold this position for the count of 10. Relax. Do 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions 2-3 times a day.
  2. TERMINAL KNEE EXTENSION: (on the bed) Lie flat on your back. Place a roll or support under the knee of the operated leg so that the knee is bent slightly. Tighten the quadriceps muscle and straighten the leg as much as possible. Be sure to keep the back of the knee in contact with the support. Hold this position for the count of 10. Lower the leg and relax. Do 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions 2-3 times a day.
  3. ANKLE CIRCLES, PUMPS AND TOE CURLS: (on the bed) Lie flat on your back with your legs out straight. Move your ankle up and down in a PUMPING MOTION. Then, move your ankle in a CIRCULAR MOTION, clockwise and counterclockwise. Next, CURL YOUR TOES down toward the ball of your foot and then straighten them by pulling them upward. Do 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions 2-3 times a day.
  4. GLUTEAL SETS: (on the bed) Lie flat on your back with legs out straight and arms comfortable at your side. Tighten your buttocks muscles by squeezing your seat together. Your hip area should lift slightly. Hold this position for the count of 10. Relax. Do 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions 2-3 times a day.
  5. HIP AND KNEE FLEXION: (on the bed) Lie flat on your back with legs out straight. Slowly slide the heel of the operated leg up toward your seat so that your hip bends a little more than halfway. Do this SLOWLY and CAREFULLY. Be sure you hip does not bend more than 60 degrees unless otherwise told by you physical therapist or doctor. Slowly slide your heel down until your leg is straight. Relax. Do 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions 2-3 times a day.
  6. ABDUCTION: (on the bed) Lie flat on your back with your legs straight. Slide your leg out to the side and then back to the starting position. Relax. Remember to keep your toes pointing straight to the ceiling. Be careful not to bring the operated leg in too close to the un-operated leg. Do 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions 2-3 times a day.

THESES SHOULD KEEP YOU OCCUPIED FOR A WHILE!

Hip (I mean hope) I was helpful. BE SURE TO CALL YOUR DOCTOR FIRST!!!!

Linda B

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