Is using one crutch 75 % or 50 % weight bearing after a hip arthroscopy?

Q. Can using one crutch considered to be 75 % weight bearing after a hip arthroscopy?

Answered by
Sreenivasa Rao
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 28, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am down to one crutch after hip arthroscopy. I am supposed to be at 75 % weight-bearing. Is using one crutch 75 % or 50 % weight-bearing? Also, on day four, I am supposed to be 100 % weight-bearing with one crutch. How is that possible?



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I read your concern. Weight-bearing with the crutches means the amount of body weight borne by the injured leg. And rest is been supported by crutches. Like if you were asked to bear weight up to 75 percent, then you put the crutch forward and then put the injured leg forward and put weight as per instructions given like 75 percent of your body weight. The same with 100 percent is also possible. Later once you are comfortable, you can wean off the crutches slowly and walk normally.

Thank you doctor,

As part of McKenzie's exercises, I did chin tucks, back movement of the head, side movement of the head, and touching the shoulder with the ear on either side. This aggravated my pain in the cervicothoracic and scapular region.



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For bursitis, it is always advisable to ice as cold works better than heat. I recommend you to get a gentle massage over your butt muscles and also over outer aspects of your thigh and butt. As bursitis is caused due to friction due to muscle tightness this will help relax muscles. Gentle stretching of butt muscles, side of thigh muscles (TFL and ITB), Hamstrings muscles. Gentle stretching of the hip joint. Lying on your stomach with knee bend. Gently pushing your both foot away from each other as long as you can feel the stretch and mild pain and hold it for 30 seconds. Once pain comes down you can start with flute stability and strengthening work. Work on hip mobility. Avoid lying on that side.

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