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Hip Safety: Getting Into and Out of a CarCuidado de la cadera: c³mo entrar y salir del autom³vil

Hip Safety: Getting Into and Out of a Car

After hip surgery, getting into or out of a car can be difficult. To keep your hip safe, follow your "hip precautions" and the tips on this sheet. The steps below help you get into a car. Reverse them to get out of a car.

Before Getting Into a Car

  • Have someone move the seat as far back as it will go.

  • Recline the back of the seat if possible.

  • Place a pillow on the seat to keep your hips above your knees, especially if the seat is low.

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1. Sit Down

  • Stand with your back to the car. Keep your operated leg straight and that foot slightly forward. Feel the car touch the back of your other knee.

  • Hold onto the side of the car and the walker or dashboard.

  • Lower yourself slowly onto the seat. Watch your head.

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2. Bring Your Legs Into the Car

  • Slide back into the center of the seat.

  • Lift your legs one at a time into the car. As you do so, move your body. Do not twist.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2008-12-08T00:00:00-07:00

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