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Stretching and Flexibility Exercises

The purpose of stretching and flexibility exercises is to help relieve joint stiffness and increase the ability to move joints in their normal range of motion. Your physical therapist will provide you with specific exercises and instruct you on how often to do them. These exercises can be done at home, in the gym, or in a pool and can help to warm up your body for other exercises that may be more strenuous.

Strength Exercises

The purpose of these exercises will be to build muscles so that they can better support and protect your joints. Weight and resistance training are just two examples designed to help accomplish these goals. These movements should only be done every other day and your therapist will help you design the best program for you.

Staying Active after hip replacement

People fear that total hip replacement may keep them from participating in their favorite activities. However it's one of the most successful procedures in modern medicine. It's important to note, as well, that regular physical activity helps you regain strength, flexibility and endurance after hip replacement surgery. You may need to avoid certain activities and take special precautions.

Your orthopaedic surgeon or physical therapist will help you decide when you're able to participate in different approved activities. During any approved activity, please remember:

Do not engage in activities that will produce pain in your hip joint, even if it occurs after completing the activity. Be mindful to adjust the intensity of your exercise accordingly so you will stay within a comfortable range.

  • Don't jar the hip joint.
  • Don't place the hip joint in the extremes of your range of motion.
  • Don't participate in any exercise that has been restricted by your doctor.

Always check with your doctor before engaging in an exercise for the first time. Find out which are high-risk exercises or not recommended as part of your exercise plan.


Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.  The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.