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Post orthopaedic surgery hip exercises (passive abduction only)

This resource has been made to help you remember the exercises your therapist taught and practiced with you.

The exercises should be done slowly and smoothly. You may feel some discomfort while doing these exercises after your surgery or injury.

If pain limits your ability to do your exercises, then timing them around your pain relief may be helpful. However, if your pain becomes worse, please seek advice from a healthcare professional and stop the exercises.

How many times should I do these exercises?

You should repeat these exercises 10 times each, and do them a minimum of 3 or 4 times throughout day.

What happens next?

You may continue to be seen for therapy at Sheffield Children’s Hospital or you may be referred for ongoing treatment at a local NHS Trust.

It is important to continue with the exercises you have been given during your stay in hospital to help get the best outcomes after your surgery or injury.

Exercises

Exercise 1

Lay down on your back.

Point your foot and toes down to the floor or bed. Then slowly pull your foot and toes up towards your knee. Keep your leg straight throughout.

Photograph of person laid on their back with one leg outstretched and point their toes away from themselvesPhotograph of person laid on their back with one leg outstretched and point their toes towards themselves

Repeat 10 times.

Exercise 2

Lay down on your back.

Push your knee down firmly against the bed. Keep your leg straight with your foot and toes pointing upwards.

Photograph of person laid on their back with both legs outstretched and squeezing their bottom

Hold for 5 seconds.

Repeat 10 times.

Exercise 3

Lay down on your back or sit up straight.

Begin with your leg straight. Bend your knee by bringing your heel towards your bottom. Return to the starting position.

Photograph of person laid down on their back with their legs outstretchedPhotograph of person laid on their back with one leg outstretched and the other knee in the air with their foot flat on the ground

Repeat 10 times

Exercise 4

Lay down on your back. Do not move your leg yourself. You will need someone else to do this exercise for you.

Relax your leg. Allow the person holding your leg to move it out to the side and return it back to the starting position. Do not allow your leg to cross the other or move past the middle of your body.

Photograph of person laid on their back with their legs outstretched and keeping their toes, knees and hips in a straight linePhotograph of person laid on their back with both legs outstretched and bringing one leg out to the side from the hip, keeping their leg straight

Repeat 10 times.

Exercise 5

Lay down on your back with leg straight.

Bend your knee and bring your knee towards your chest. Return to the starting position.

Photograph of person laid down on their back with their legs outstretchedPhotograph of person laid on their back with one leg outstretched and their other knee up towards their chest and pulling it in with their hands to stretch their leg

Repeat 10 times.

Exercise 6

Lay down on your tummy. You may need support when changing position to lie on your tummy as this can be difficult after surgery.

Put your head and arms wherever they are comfortable. Make sure your hips are level and in contact with the bed.

Photograph of person laid on their front with their legs outstretched relaxed

Lie for 30 minutes.

Contact

If your have any questions or concerns, please contact Physiotherapy Orthopaedics on 0114 271 7148.

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Disclaimer

Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

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