Hip replacement surgery often becomes necessary in older individuals who are experiencing joint degeneration. The hip joint carries much of a person’s weight and stress with daily activities. This leads to problems when the bones are already weakening and the stress over time has become too much. After a hip replacement surgery, you need to work with a physical therapist to aid in your recovery.
Regain Strength and Movement
Immediately following your surgery, your new joint will be stiff and difficult to move. It will feel differently than your natural hip, requiring an adjustment period. For this reason, many patients are transferred to an inpatient facility for the first stage of their physical therapy. During this time period, the staff will work with you to build up strength and regain movement in the joint. Once you are comfortable walking again, you are likely to be released to outpatient care.
It can be tempting to wait out the healing process and then work with a physical therapist when you feel better. Unfortunately, this can create problems. If your hip heals in the sitting position, you are less likely to recover your full range of motion. Despite your discomfort, it is important to start moving as soon as you can manage after the surgery. The more you are able to move, the better your recovery will be.
You Need to Get Moving
Learn New Methods
Even though your hip replacement surgery is designed to restore function to your hip, most patients will never fully regain the same functionality. For instance, it isn’t advised to bend at the hip greater than 90 degrees. When you work with your physical therapist, he will go over any restrictions you may have and help you learn new ways of performing daily tasks that generally require more bending, such as getting in and out of the car or taking a bath. Even simple tasks like tying your own shoes may become a challenge.
Hip replacement is meant to make your life better and improve your overall mobility. After your surgery, you may not feel like moving, but it’s important to start working with a physical therapist right away. He will provide a physical therapy regimen that is designed to get you moving and help you recover as fully as possible from your surgery.
If you are about to undergo a hip replacement or know someone who needs this surgery, contact us. Our Scarsdale physical therapists can help with your recovery.