Hip Safety: Sitting

Line drawing of a person's leg, sitting on a chair, with the knee lower than the hip.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


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.

Woman lowering herself into chair keeping operated leg slightly out in front.

Woman seated in the chair with her hips higher than her knees.

Back up until you feel the chair touching you.

Reach for the armrests. Keep your operated leg slightly out in front. Lower yourself without leaning forward.

Sit, then lean back in the chair. Keep your hips higher than your knees. To stand up, reverse these steps.