After Hip Replacement: Using Your Walker
After hip replacement, you’ll likely use a walker to get around while you recover. There are 3 main types of walkers;
The standard non-rolling walker
The 2-wheeled (front) rolling walker
The 4-wheeled rolling walker
Your physical therapist (PT) or occupational therapist (OT) will teach you how to use a walker safely and help you select the best one for you. Later, you may move from a walker to crutches or a cane.
Using a walker
Move the walker a few inches in front of you.
Lean on the walker so it supports you. Step into the center with your operated leg. Then step forward with your good leg. Repeat.
As you get more comfortable, you’ll be able to move the walker as you step.
Walking up a curb
Move your feet and your walker as close to the curb as possible.
Put your weight on both legs, and then lift the walker onto the curb.
Step on the curb with your good leg. Using the walker to support your weight, bring up your operated leg.
Walking down a curb
Move your feet and the walker as close to the curb as possible.
Lower the walker onto the ground, keeping its back legs against the curb.
Using the walker to support your weight, lower your operated leg. Then step down with your good leg.
April 24, 2018
Adler, Liora, C., MD,Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT