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Hip Safety: Sitting

Learn the right moves to protect your new hip. Follow your “hip precautions” and the instructions below.

Sitting Safely

To protect your new hip, you must sit with your knees lower than or level with your hips. To do this, sit in chairs with high seats. Placing a firm pillow on the seat of a chair can help raise it.

Diagram showing seated leg with knees lower than the hips
Your new hip has a limited range of motion. Always sit with your knees lower than or level with your hips.

Diagram of a seated person with knees higher than the hips
A natural hip allows you to sit with your knees higher than your hips

To Sit Down

 

Image of woman with a walker backing up into chair --  the chair is touching the back of her legs
Back up until you feel the chair touching you.

Image of woman lowering herself into chairkeeping operated leg slightly out in front
Reach for the armrests. Keep your operated leg slightly out in front. Lower yourself without leaning forward.

Image of woman seated in the chair with her hips higher than her knees
Sit, then lean back in the chair. Keep your hips higher than your knees. To stand up, reverse these steps.

  

Online Medical Reviewer: Hanrahan, John, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 7/27/2013
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