I had my left hip replaced in late March of this year. The doc cleared me to begin lifting last week. I am restricted to keep my torso and thigh at 90 degrees or greater or risk dislocation. My leg is extremely weak at this point so, I am simply attempting to bring it up to the same strength as my other one. When I began last week, I was going to try light DL’s as I felt I could so without breaking the 90 deg restriction. It didn’t work - the leg is just too weak at this point. The only thing I am currently able to pull off is leg presses, leg extensions and stiff legged DL’s. Calf work is pretty much unaffected.
Has anyone here had this surgery? Even if no one has gone through it can you recommend some other exercises?[/quote]
T-M324 (or should I just call you T)…I just stumbled onto this topic, and I thought I could add something.
Just so happens I have had both my hips replaced fairly recently. I did one on 5/06 and the other on 8/06. I was 49 years old when I had them fixed.
I also had the 90 degrees restrictions for a few months but that seems like ages ago. It was a little bothersome for a few months, kind of annoying actually, but compared to the pain I had prior, it was a piece of cake.
Having had hip problems all my life (not able to bend into a full deep squat for decades) when I finally had the “hardware” put in, I was given the ability to finally squat. I quickly found out that although my new hips worked great, my back, ankles and knees were not even close to being flexable enough.
I walked like Frankenstein for so long that I literally had to learn how to bend my legs correctly, keeping my feet pointed straight, etc, just to stroll down the street…imagine trying to squat with a heavy barbell on my back…fergitaboutit!
It took months and months of stretching my calfs, ankles and lower back, but I am now at the point were I can get my squats all the way down to the grass. This is something I was NEVER able to do during all my years of lifting.
(And I gotta tell you, it feels great!)
I am now, after 2 years, able to do any rountine you throw at me…well, for the most part anyway, I’m still just a little punk after all.
OK, my point to all this…give it time, probably a good year, but you will be back at 110% and best of all painfree.
So, it’s been a few months since you started this thread…how are you feeling now? Are the restrictions off yet? Hip still in one piece?