For example, I've adapted some exercises recommended by my therapist so I can do them with my walker. One of the routines,for example, involves rising up on my toes; another is a half squat. Now I do those exercises when using the walker. This coming week will be devoted to the standing exercises for hip recovery. I will talk with my trainer on whether any of those could be adapted to the walker.
When I wake up in the morning, I spend lots of time just lying in bed, contemplating the day ahead. During this time, I now do the most important "after hip-replacement" exercises for ankles, thighs and buttocks.
My daughter forwarded some links she found online with exercise videos specifically designed for people recovering from hip replacement.
The exercises are broken into short segments according to the activities you’d like to address, like getting into and out of cars, in and out of bed, going upstairs and down… You’ll see that this first video (like others) recommends leading with the good foot going upstairs, and leading with the operated side going downstairs. Up with the good, down with the bad.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWccnIGKnRU (You can probably skip to minute 7 or 8 for the most useful rehab segment.)
An Important Caution
Regarding the videos about getting in and out of bed and moving around, walking stairs etc, you need to be very careful and I do not recommend you follow them. They do not explain the difference between anterior approach and posterior total hip replacements (THR). Most are talking about precautions and how to do things after a posterior THR. You had an anterior approach hip replacement! Many of things shown on the videos are not in accordwith the newest evidence-based practice (repetitive hip flexion exercises are not recommended after anterior THR whereas for posterior THR it's ok). Some things are just dangerous (such as going up/down stairs with the walker and twisting). Most of the exercises shown are the basics you have been doing already. I'll be happy to guide you on how to progress through these and I'll include new ones as much as you can tolerate.Her response sent a clear message that I needed to hear. When I have a health problem and want to find a remedy for it I usually opt for a search on the Internet and turn to professionals only as a last resort
We met this morning (Saturday) and reviewed the exercises designed for patients to do while seated. My therapist also recommended several new ones. Then she took videos of me doing the exercises.
Next time, we'll repeat this process for the standing exercises.