Additional exercises

Standing exercises

Do these exercises only if instructed by a therapist or your surgeon.

Stand next to a kitchen counter or table, and hold on securely. Stand up straight during these exercises. Work up to holding for 5 seconds.

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Raise up onto the balls of your feet.
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Bend your knees slightly, by sitting back with your hips.
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Lift your leg out to the side.
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Bend your knee, as you bring your heel up toward your buttocks.
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Raise your forefeet off the floor.
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Bend your knee as you bring it up toward the ceiling.
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Lift your leg slightly backward, while squeezing your buttocks. Keep your knee straight.
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Lift your leg forward off the ground. Keep your knee straight.
side leg lifts

Side leg lifts (abduction/adduction)

Lie on your non-surgical side with a pillow between your legs. Lift your surgical leg straight up to the side. Hold for ______ seconds. Slowly lower your leg down and relax. Repeat ______ times.



Slowly raise your buttocks from the bed, keeping your stomach muscles tight. Hold for ______ seconds. Slowly lower your buttocks down and relax.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Hip Replacement, eighth edition, ortho-ah-90139
First Published: 10/01/2000
Last Reviewed: 10/01/2020