Sitting and Standing

After joint replacement surgery, it is very important to be mindful of any movement restrictions in place for six weeks. When sitting after hip surgery, make sure seating surfaces, including your bed, are higher than the back of your knee. You may use cushions or special blocks to raise the height of your chair or bed.  You should try to select seating surfaces with arms and avoid rocking chairs and recliners. 

 

Sitting with a walker

Sitting with crutches

Standing with a walker

Standing with crutches

 

Sitting with a walker

  • Back yourself up until you feel the chair against the back of your good leg
    sitting
  • Slide your operated leg forward and reach back for the arms of the chair
    sitting
  • Slowly lower yourself down keeping your operated leg out in front of you
    sitting

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Sitting with crutches

  • Back yourself up until you feel the chair against the back of your good leg
    sitting
  • Slide your operated leg forward, remove the crutches out from underneath your arms and place them into one hand
    sitting
  • With one hand on the crutches, place one hand on the chair/bed and slowly lower yourself down keeping your operated leg out in front of you
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Standing with a walker

  • Move your operated leg forward
    standing
  • Place one hand on the walker while the other hand remains on the chair/bed
    standing
  • Push yourself up into standing
    standing

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Standing with crutches

  • Move your operated leg forward
  • With one hand on the chair/bed, have both crutches together in the other hand
    standing
  • Push yourself up into standing
    standing
  • Place crutches underneath your arms
    standing

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Last Updated June 11, 2013 | © 2007, LHSC, London Ontario Canada