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How to get back into golf after a hip replacement

Golf is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. It is a great way to get some exercise and fresh air, and it can also be a very social activity.

However, if you have recently had a hip replacement, you may be wondering if you can still enjoy this beloved pastime.

The good news is that, with some careful planning and preparation, you can return to golf after a hip replacement. Keep reading to learn more about how to make this happen!

What has the hip replacement done to me?

Firstly, we will look at what hip replacement surgery has been done to your movement and muscles. During the operation, the surgeon will make an incision up to 30cm to the side of the hip. The upper thigh bone (femur) is removed and the socket for the head of the femur is hollowed out. The socket is then fitted into the hollow of the pelvis. The implant is then placed into the hollow of the femur and is then pressed into place with bone ‘cement’.

This stress that the body has undergone means that time and rest are needed for wounds to heal.

What should I focus on in early-stage rehabilitation?

Focusing on the initial rest and recovery stage is important to help surgical wounds heal. Next getting basic movement incorporated back is important to improve strength and balance. Exercises or movements to note are trying to weight-bear as early as possible and walking training. This involves walking with crutches, using the stairs and sit-to-stand.

What should I focus on in late-stage rehabilitation?

This stage is crucial for involving exercises and movements that are similar to what will occur during typical golf movements. Movements to note are hip external rotation which uses the gluteal muscles and psoas major and minor. These muscles are affected during surgery and are important factors during a golf swing, as well as hip internal rotation. Exercises to note to improve the strength of these muscles are banded crab walks, supine bridge and front lunges. Other rotational and balance exercises will mimic the movements during golf, especially the swing. For example, elastic band rotations and ball toss on unstable surfaces, then moving onto the different types of golf swings (backswing, downswing and through-swings) with no resistance, and then slowly working up to using an unbalanced ground through wobble boards.

You may have thought your golf days were behind you after your hip replacement surgery. But with a little bit of patience and the right rehabilitation exercises, you can get back out on the golf course and enjoy the game you love.

It's important to give your body time to heal after surgery. Once you've been cleared by your doctor, you can start hitting some balls again. But take it easy at first - don't expect to be hitting the ball as far as you did before your surgery.

With a little bit of time and practice, you'll be back on the golf course and enjoying the game you love.

Get in touch with MSKdoctors for any advice following a hip replacement.

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