Total hip arthroplasty, or total hip replacement, is an elective surgical intervention that involves removing the damaged femoral head and cartilage of the acetabulum and replacing it with prosthetic components. After surgery, physical therapy will help you return to activity as safely as possible. Physical therapy will also address reducing pain and inflammation, increasing range of motion, increasing strength, increasing functional independence, and gait training.
A full physical therapy evaluation will be done on the first day to assess where you are in the healing process after surgery. Once the evaluation is completed, the physical therapist will create a plan of care to address your specific deficits.
The following is what your PT sessions might look like:
- Stationary bike to warm up musculature and increase circulation.
- Balance exercises,such as single leg stance
- Functional activities such as sit to stand, ascending/descending stairs, and gait training
- Hip strengthening exercises, such as side stepping and 3 way straight leg raises
- Soft tissue mobilization to lower extremity musculature that may be tight and overactive
- Modalities like an ice pack and electrical stimulation to manage pain and inflammation
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.
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