I have a new client who needs to avoid hip flexion exercises because of low cartilage. (She is young and otherwise fit.) I’m trying to compile a list of lower-body exercises. She’s allowed to do body-weight squats. She’s not allowed to do lunges or anything that brings her hip up more than 90 degrees. I’d imagine things like reverse hypers or hamstring curls or bridges are okay. What about romanian deadlifts? Hip thrusts?
All good stuff in these answers. Swimming and deep water, and maybe shallow water exercises are my first thought. I would run it past her surgeon, physician and/or Physical Therapist. Working with anyone post rehab/surgery should include getting regular recommendations from her healthcare team. I would ask these folks if they want you to update them on her program as well. If she is young and has a cartilage issue, it will be an evolving treatment plan.