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  • Sep 7, 2007, 11:31 PM
    Exercises for 80 yr. old
    What are good exercises for a 80 yr old female with a left hip replacement, which was done 4 months ago.
  • Sep 8, 2007, 01:21 AM

    Getting on with life

    This is what hip replacement is all about, restoring a person's functional ability to do the normal things in life. Once the pain has gone and a ‘normal' joint has been restored, all normal day to day management tasks such as sleeping, walking, sitting, climbing stairs, personal hygiene and housekeeping should be possible.

    Many people do not stop there and go on to take up or resume recreational activities they enjoy. This is entirely reasonable as long as sensible limits are observed. The new hip is not an exact copy of the original either in anatomical or functional terms.

    Examples of sensible activities for someone with a hip replacement to perform are:using a static bicycle, swimming, walking, bowls, cross-country skiing and ballroom dancing.

    Activities to be avoided may include high-impact sports such as jogging, tennis, squash, downhill skiing, extreme walking, football, rugby and basketball. A person may have the ability to perform these activities with a new hip but it is not wise to do so.


    How long does it take to recover from hip replacement?

    Usually, people spend three to 10 days in the hospital after hip replacement surgery. Full recovery from the surgery takes about three to six months, depending on the type of surgical procedure performed, the overall health of the patient and the success of the rehabilitative program.
    Hope these help you choose a form of exercise,but do remember to discuss with your doctor before approaching any form of exercise.

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