If you struggle with all the ups-and-downs (or don’t want to bother with any until you start feeling better), you might find better relief with scientifically-specialized routines you can do standing up or lying down.
Maybe it’s easier if I start at the beginning…
I received several requests for easier stretches and routines. Some people were dealing with significant pain, and they needed simpler moves they could do now, pain-free.
One lady’s story stood out to me.
Her name was Sara.
And she had recently gone through a second hip replacement.
Sara’s hip had been bothering her forever, but it stayed manageable for a long time. It wasn’t until 6 months before her first surgery that things got really painful.
She was struggling to get around at all.
Even a short walk from her couch to the front door became a tedious trek.
Things were supposed to be different after her first hip replacement.
She wanted to move around easier and feel more independent again.
Too bad that wasn’t how it played out.
Sara had a longer-than-expected recovery and began physical therapy late. She believes the slow start is what ultimately doomed her.
And there is some research to back her belief.
In 2015, a study retrospectively looked into the effects of early rehabilitation on post-total hip arthroplasty (THA). It concluded that early rehab efforts can significantly reduce incidences of prosthetic infection, total rehabilitation expenses, total medical expenses, and the number of OPD visits within a year after the procedure .
(which sounds like a win-win-win-win scenario to me)
In Sara’s situation, she was back to the surgeon within a year-and-a-half.
But this second time, she was determined to succeed and was so cautious about making things worse -- again.
She worried about every movement and wanted to know it was hip-replacement friendly.
And she had some general concerns about the transitions in between each routine. Sara was too afraid to start until she knew what was safe, but she also didn’t want to wait too long because that’s what happened the time before.
Stories like this are why I decided to provide additional stretches/exercises, along with details on how to avoid potential re-injury (even if you just had a full hip replacement).