Monthly archive for May 2019

8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement Surgery

Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement

Everyone wants to come out of surgery being told that things went smoothly – but we’re not all so fortunate. After a routine hip replacement Elizabeth was left with nerve damage, causing her uncontrollable pain and a limp. Feeling worried, but not hopeless, she worked with her physician to get on the proper medication for her nerve related pain, but most of all she worked really hard throughout the rehabilitation process to learn how she could manage her pain and reach her goals.  

As a young grandmother and retiree that enjoyed traveling, working out, and spending time with her husband, Elizabeth was determined to get back to feeling 100%. We’ve seen firsthand how determination can push a person farther than they’d ever dreamed possible – these make for some of the best PT cases.

The nerve damage that occurred in her surgical leg left her to walk with a limp as her hip was dropping when she put weight onto it. This is called a Trendelenburg gait abnormality. When we began treatment, Elizabeth was pleasantly surprised at how much control she actually had over her ability to walk more normal. She was very receptive when we took the time to really break down her walking pattern and educate her on the anatomy, the muscles and the ‘why’s’ of her abnormal patterns.  

“Elizabeth’s main goal was to walk without a limp after hip replacement surgery, and I think she exceeded her expectations,” explained physical therapist, Terri Jeurink. “Elizabeth asked good questions so she could get a better understanding of what needed to be done. She was diligent with her exercises, and this made a huge difference.”

We’re happy to report that once her physical therapy treatment was complete, Elizabeth was able to successfully walk without a limp after hip replacement surgery! She is a great example of what hard work, the proper exercises, and physical therapy can do

8 Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip Replacement Surgery

Seated March
Sit in a chair with your hips and knees at 90°. Lift your left leg up, then lower back down. Repeat with right leg. Want a little more? After you lift your leg, straighten it out in front of you, then bend and lower back down.

Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip ReplacementHip Flexor
Tighten your abs, maintaining a straight back step forward and press your hips forward. Keep your back leg straight and flex your front knee until you feel a stretch in the front side of your hip and thigh on your back leg. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side. Complete both sides 3 times.

Hip Extension
Lean over a table or desk, bending at the hips. Bend your right knee slightly and lift your left leg off the floor as high as you comfortably can. Lower and repeat on the other side.

Lateral Shuffle
Stand with a straight posture, knees slightly bent. Move quickly to the left, then right with a quick push off. Bounce lightly from side to side. Keep toes pointing forward. To decrease intensity, walk from side to side without jumping.

Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip ReplacementWall Sits
Stand with your back against the wall. Feet should be shoulder width apart and 6-8 inches away from the wall. Bend your knees 30-45 degrees. Straighten your knees and repeat.

Single Leg Stand
Stand on a firm surface with arms down at side. Lift one leg and balance on the other leg. Hold for 60 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.

Exercises to Reduce A Limp After Hip ReplacementLunges
Stand upright. Step forward with your left leg, keeping your trunk in a vertical position. Push back to starting position and repeat with your right leg.


Walk up then down a single step. To modify the intensity of this exercise try going slower or faster, or take an entire flight of stairs versus repeating a single step.

Complimentary Pre-Operative Assessments for Hip Surgery

If you have a hip replacement surgery in your future, consider a pre-operative assessment. There is no cost for the assessment, and statistics prove that recovery is faster and safer when you prepare in advance of your surgery. At the assessment you’ll be evaluated for muscle & joint strength, walking & balance abilities, and overall physical independence. Together, we’ll focus on creating a plan to shorten your healing time and get you back to normal activity safely after your operation. Request your complimentary pre-operative assessment here.


A limp after hip replacement surgery is not uncommon. If you have questions, or would like to set up a free consultation with a physical therapist, we’d be happy to help you!

Michigan’s 2019 Physical Therapy Legislative Advocacy Day

Physical Therapy News

When it comes to healthcare we’ve all felt like our voices weren’t being heard, at one time or another. Corey Kuipers is trying to bridge that gap by working alongside state legislators to advocate for better patient outcomes and advancements in the field of physical therapy.

Corey is the clinic director and a physical therapist at our Coopersville office. He’s passionate about raising awareness when it comes to the role of physical therapy, the value physical therapy brings to health care, and the quality of care that all patients receive. This week Corey attended the Michigan Physical Therapy Association’s (MPTA) Legislative Advocacy Day in Lansing. As a member of the MPTA, Corey spent the day with legislators, discussing important agenda items that the MPTA will be focusing on this year. The two main topics for 2019 are outlined below.

Michigan Physical Therapy News & Agenda Items

Physical Therapists & PT Assistants As Mandatory Reporters of Suspected Child Abuse: HB 4108 This legislation would add physical therapists and physical therapist assistants as mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse or child neglect. PTs and PTAs are not currently mandatory reporters for children but they are for vulnerable adults. Although we are ethically obligated to report suspected child abuse, HB4108 would add legal protections, such as civil and criminal immunity as well as confidentiality, when reporting suspected child abuse in good faith. As the law stands right now, if you reported suspected child abuse and the family found out, they could take legal action against the therapist or their practice. This bill would help prevent that.

Legislation to Allow Michigan to Join The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact: SB 22 This legislation would increase consumer access to physical therapy by reducing the regulatory barriers to interstate mobility and cross state practice. Simply, this means physical therapists could practice outside the state without obtaining a new license in that state. A “home state” license would be required, then therapists could apply online, submit a fee, and complete the relevant juris prudence exam to be able to exercise compact privileges in a “remote state.” Creating improved access across state borders is essential due to new models of health care delivery, mobility of patients and providers, workforce issues and new technologies such as telehealth programs.

Physical Therapy NewsIt’s important to have people like Corey advocating on behalf of our profession. As always, our top priority is to provide the best possible care for each and every patient and sometimes we can ease the process along by partnering with our state and local governments. As a patient, we hope that you will always feel comfortable expressing your opinions and feedback when it comes to your healthcare. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our state’s policies, please feel free to reach out to Corey by setting up a free consultation with him.

Physical Therapy NewsMPTA & Michigan Physical Therapy News

The Michigan Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) is a professional organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students who have joined together to assure that high ethical professional standards are maintained and that quality health care in the areas of prevention, education and rehabilitation of movement dysfunction and wellness are received for all consumers in the state of Michigan. They’re also a great source for all Michigan physical therapy news.