Exercise and Walking Guidelines
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During your hospital stay, the physical therapist will instruct and provide you with a home exercise program.
- Do not exercise for 30 minutes to 1 hour after eating.
- Breathe out when performing a movement. DO NOT HOLD YOUR BREATH!
- Relax fully after each repetition of all the exercises.
- Remember: results only come with consistency. YOU MUST EXERCISE EVERY DAY! ***However, it is important not to overexert yourself. If you have increased soreness or swelling decrease your activity and ice your hip. If pain persists or increases, discontinue the exercises and notify the orthopedic surgeon's office immediately.
- Perform your exercises 1 - 2 times a day. The first exercise session can be done in the morning to warm up for the day's activities.
- If wound drainage or bleeding occurs, discontinue the exercise and contact your orthopedic surgeon's office immediately.
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Begin walking outdoors the day after you get home from the hospital. Begin once a day with a short walk of 5 to 10 minutes. Gradually increase your walking over the next 2 -4 weeks until you can walk for 45 minutes or up to a mile without stopping. You will be ready to go out to dinner after the first week home.
REMEMBER that the combination of your walking and exercise program is the best way to get stronger and increase hip motion after surgery. This will prepare you to safely and rapidly return to the activities you enjoy.
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