Hip Recovery: The Guidelines 1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary 2. Control discomfort: rest elevate ice take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)3. Do what you want to do BUT a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy5. At week 4 and after you should follow this Activity progression for THRs Pain management and the pain chart Healing: how long does it take? Chart representation of THR recovery Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule Energy drain for THRs Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it? BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess. We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery. While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.