Was thinking the same thing about the limiting mobility??? we want to increase the range of motion, “mobility” of the hip complex. Im a perosnal trainer certied through NASM. I was looking for answers as to a double hip replaement and the fellow has now a perminant infection in his femur at which the dotcor has prescribed antibiotics that is now taken, supposedly, for the rest of his life. …. this has been a task for me but the gentlemen is head strong and stubburn. Very good traitsto have whwn going through something this extreme.. i would appreciate any input or advise. The right side was replaced long before the left. And left just about a year ago. Also i have no idea the tyoe of replacements that where underdone. Thanks!
Not sure why you would want to limit her mobility. Establishing hip strength and (as much pain free) range of motion are the two biggest things to getting her moving.
If he/she did rehab, a lot of that was established there. Depending on amount of time post-op and physician release, which again usually happens while in rehab, the total-hip precautions, internal rotation, leg-crossing and flexing past 90degrees, are less important. But then too, depending on the approach, if its anterior the precautions are no longer applicable to total hip replacements, even right after having the surgery.
Tim Williams, BS, HFS, PTA, KTP
Hi Blessing. I’m assuming in your question that you actually mean to “improve” her hip mobility – true? There are many ways to accomplish that, but always, take into account your client’s current limitations and the recommendations of your client’s medical team (e.g. physician and therapists). Easy cycling on a stationary bike, passive and active stretching, and progressive resistance exercises with bands (such as hip flexion and extension) are all exercises that I’ve used with my clients with post hip-replacement mobility and strengthening.
Take your time, listen to the feedback of your client, and communicate with your client’s healthcare providers and you and your client should be fine.
I hope that this helps.
Good answers by Joanne and Susan, I also don’t know what you mean by limit her mobility.
Balance is an important component to work on. In addition there are exercises contraindicated for those with a hip replacement (adduction, grapevines etc.), so you must have clear guidelines from her physician or physical therapist what she can do.