Question:

I started working out about 4 months ago and found I really loved it! Unfortunately I recently had surgery and have very limited mobility on the left side of my body from the hip down to my knee. My Doctor said no working out for 6 weeks. I don’t know if I can handle doing basically nothing. Is there any way to just work out the upper to middle parts of my body without having to move anything from the waist down?

– Mari


Answer:

Hi, Mari
Thank you for your question. Without more information and a full examination it is hard to prescribe a specific exercise plan for you. However, we can comment that if recovering from a lower extremity surgery there are plenty of upper body exercises that one can do in the meantime to help overall fitness levels. Machines like an arm bike in a seated or standing position can provide a cardio workout without breaking any post operative precautions. For more specific exercises it would be best to be assessed by a physical therapist and be taught a series of exercises that would be of benefit after surgery. The physical therapist can assess potential weaknesses and provide safe ways to strengthen those areas without breaking precautions of the left leg. Depending on the precautions from the doctor, a physical therapist may be able to give gentle mobility activities for the left leg and hip as well.


**This reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.