Monday - Friday - 9:00 - 4:00

Hip Movements to Avoid

After a hip replacement the muscles and tissue around the hip take time to heal. Your surgeon will assess the inherent stability of the hip during surgery.  Depending on the assessment, your doctor may recommend avoiding certain movements for 3 months following your surgery to reduce your risk of dislocating your new hip.

1. Do not bend your hip past 90˚

Below are shown INCORRECT positioning of the hip:
hip avoid2

When sitting, do not bend forward, or sit with your knees higher than your hips. When standing do not bend past 90˚ at your hip. Your therapist will teach you ways to avoid these positions during our stay in hospital.

**Tip: You want to avoid your thighs getting close to your chest. It is important to think of your body in space as the 90° angle looks different in sitting, standing and when lying in bed.

2. Do not cross your legs at the knees or at the ankles.

hip avoid3

When standing do not bend past 90˚ at your hip. Do not cross your legs at the knees or at the ankles.

• Do not let your operated leg cross the midline of your body.

hip avoid5

hip avoid6

• A general rule to remember is to keep your feet at least shoulder width apart.
• You will have to keep a pillow between your legs in bed to ensure your operated leg doesn’t come to the midline.

3. Do not twist your body or turn your operated leg inward.

hip avoid4

• Take small steps when turning.
• Do not pivot. (turn on a planted leg)

Walking Is Man's Best Medicine

Although it was many years ago, the statement by Hippocrates holds the truth to healthy lifestyles today. However many people are unable to walk or take an active role in their health due to the pain and limitations caused by Arthritis. At Concordia Joint Replacement Group, we provide options to reduce pain and improve the wellbeing of persons affected by Arthritis.

We strive for excellence in the clinical care of patients undergoing joint replacement of the hip or knee through high quality standards for patient safety, patient education, rehabilitation and surgical techniques. The team at the Concordia Joint Replacement Group and the Concordia Hospital in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority value research and the latest strategies to achieve high levels of patient satisfaction.

Make A Donation

The Concordia Joint Replacement Group is supported by The Concordia Foundation, Manitoba, Canada.

Registered Charitable Number
13036 3336RR0001

Charitable tax receipts will be issued from The Concordia Foundation. Please address cheque to The Concordia Foundation and designate your gift for the Arthroplasty Research Chair at Concordia.


Where to find us?

Suite 310-1155 Concordia Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R2K 2M9
Phone Number