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Before Total Hip Replacement: Your Conditioning Program
Conditioning your body BEFORE hip replacement can help speed your recovery. Daily exercise helps strengthen muscles that support the hip joint. Aerobic activity (exercise that raises your heart rate) can improve fitness. It can also help you reach or maintain a healthy weight, reducing stress on your hip.
Low-impact exercise can help improve your fitness with less stress on the hip joint. Try exercises like swimming, water aerobics, walking, or riding a stationary bicycle. It's normal to feel a little discomfort in your hip joint. But stop any exercise that causes increasing pain. You can also ask your doctor or PT about ways to manage pain during exercise.
Walk in a level area of the pool.
Working out in a pool is a gentle way to exercise muscles. It can also improve balance and coordination. A physical therapist may work with you in a pool therapy program. You can also try pool walking on your own. Stand in waist-deep to chest-deep water with your arms out to the sides. Then slowly walk forward. To avoid overdoing, ask your PT how long to exercise. He or she can also give you tips on pool safety.