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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.

To Sit Down

Line drawing of a person's leg, sitting on a chair, with the knee lower than the hip.
Your new hip has a limited range of motion. Always sit with your knees lower than or level with your hips.

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

Woman lowering herself into chair - keeping operated leg slightly out in front.
Reach for the armrests. Keep your operated leg slightly out in front. Lower yourself without leaning forward.

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: Image reviewed by StayWell art team.
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 7/27/2013
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