- Anne Caviness About Using Trekking Poles
- Getting in and out of a car
- Getting in and out of bed
- How to Use a cane after hip resurfacing surgery
- How to Use a Walker
- How to Use Crutches after hip resurfacing surgery
- Precautions after surgery – what to do and not to do
- Stair use with cane or crutches
The top of your cane should reach to the crease in your wrist when you stand up straight. Your elbow should bend a bit when you hold your cane. Hold the cane in the hand opposite the side that needs support.Walking
When you walk, the cane and your injured leg swing and strike the ground at the same time. To start, position your cane about one small stride ahead and step off … Read the rest
DO NOT put more weight on your operated leg than was allowed while you were in the hospital. Do you know your “weight bearing status?” If not, ask your doctor or therapist.
Back up until you feel the chair against the back of your legs.
Slide your operated leg forward and lower yourself slowly into the chair using armrests.
Try to sit in a chair that has armrests. DO NOT sit in rocking … Read the rest
Correct Hip Positioning
Keep your operated leg facing straight forward when sitting, walking, or lying down.
Do the Following:
Keep your knee lower than your operated hip.
Do Not Do The Following:
DO NOT cross your legs in any way. DO NOT turn your leg inward.
Your feet should NEVER … Read the rest
Stairs and Crutches
Use one crutch and the stair rail if present (only if the railing is stable and there is someone to carry the other crutch). Use two crutches if there is no stair rail.
It does not matter which side the stair rail is on.
If both crutches can be held in one hand safely, you can use both crutches on one side and the railing on the other.
After having my left hip resurfaced in
July 2007, for my recovery I focused on PT exercises, water
walking and exercises, and swimming. I also gradually
increased my regular walking. I went from two crutches to
one crutch, to a cane, to nothing, then to one trekking pole
for trails with steep inclines and loose rocks. I was
reluctant to use two trekking poles, because I really didn’t
know how to use them, and they … Read the rest
The top of your crutches should reach between 1 and 1 1/2
inches below your armpits while you stand up straight.
The handgrips of the crutches should be even with the top of
your hip line.
Your elbows should bend a bit when you use the handgrips.
Hold the top of the crutches tightly to your sides, and use
your hands to absorb the weight. Don’t let the tops of the
crutches press … Read the rest
| Sit down
on the edge of the bed, reaching back with one
hand at a time.
Getting into the Car
Back up to the front car seat until you feel it on the back of your legs.
Slide your operated leg forward, reach back with both hands, and slowly lower yourself into the seat.
Scoot yourself across the car seat, keeping your operated leg straight.
Slowly turn your body so you are facing forward. It may be more comfortable to ride in the back seat if you have a four-door car.… Read the rest