Before and After Total Hip Replacement – Rider Exercises to Improve Range of Motion in Hips
December 22, 2011 by cherryhillhorsekeeping
I am 59, rode for 40 years but had a hip replaced about four years ago and need to get the other done sometime in the not to distant future.
Talking to my physical therapist about getting back in the saddle and asking for exercises or what-ever to try to improve the range of motion in both hip sockets is like trying to get an answer out of my dog. (and due to restrictions of my medical insurance I can’t go to another therapist.)
Do you know of any books that address this issue, or know of any group that works with rider disabilities who might be able to help me get back in the saddle?
I’m posting this in hopes that one of the readers of this blog might be able to help you specifically with a group or book recommendation. I don’t know of any specifically related to hip replacements and riding.
However I have heard that hip replacements enable people to ride, rather than disable, so I’d think of it that way !
I’d start by asking your doctor and/or physical therapist specifically what limitations you have in terms of exercise, such as you shouldn’t go past a certain angle with your artificial hip joint. Also in terms of the other hip joint that will need to be replaced in the future, ask which exercises would exacerbate whatever the condition is that is going to require you to get that hip replaced too. Just like with horses, some exercises would accelerate damage to an already deteriorated joint. So ask which movements are safe and which are not for each hip as they currently are.
Once you know what you shouldn’t do, that will rule out certain yoga poses, certain Pilates exercises and some general fitness and stretching exercises.
Also, again asking your doctor and/or PT – they probably have a standard handout or booklet they give patients of exercises to prepare for and recover from surgery. This will make a good basis for your program.
I hesitate to go much further than that because I’m not a doctor or a PT and every person’s situation is different.
Hip Flexor Stretch
If it were me, I’d find out what I shouldn’t do and then start with simple exercises, adding repetitions, weight or difficulty…..always listening to your body.
And finally, one of the best ways to get back in the saddle is to get back in the saddle with the help of a mounting block. Even if for a few minutes every day, gentle walking, moseying around.
Best of luck and please feel free to post any comments, information directly here on this blog.