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What about exercise following a hip replacement?

Regular exercise is very important. Walking and swimming are fine, although some surgeons advise against breaststroke when swimming. Cycling may be difficult until about 12 weeks after the operation, as it’ll be hard to get on and off the bike. Sports that involve bending or twisting at the hip will be difficult for the first 12 weeks.

We don’t recommend running on hard surfaces or sports that involve sudden turns or impacts – for example, squash or tennis. If in doubt, ask your surgeon or physiotherapist for advice. You should always try to avoid extreme movements at the hip and activities with a high risk of falling, such as skiing.

You can also download a selection of exercises that are designed to stretch, strengthen and stabilise the structures that support your hip. These are general hip exercises, so it’s a good idea to get advice from your doctor or physiotherapist about specific exercises before you begin.

Download our hip pain exercise booklet (PDF)


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