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Can my mum be a passenger in my Mini?

Q) My mum has just had a total hip replacement following a fractured neck of femur. She suffers from osteoporosis. Please can you tell me whether she will be able to ride as a passenger in my Mini?
Kate, Lancashire (Winter 2013)

A) Every so often there is a question that is almost unanswerable. This is probably one of them! I am aware that the 'new' Mini is not as difficult to get in and out of as the old one, and you don't say which model you have. I also know that full flexion of the hip is discouraged in the first few months after a new hip operation, and this might hinder getting out of a small car. Apart from that, it is difficult to say. If you can, try to discuss with your mother's physiotherapist before attempting it, but in the end it may just be down to trial and error.

This answer was provided by Dr Philip Helliwell for the Winter 2013 edition of our magazine, Arthritis Today, and was correct at the time of publication.

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