Physical Therapy after a Hip Replacement
After the knee, the hip is the next most common joint replaced in the body. Performing orthopedic surgeries since 1960, the procedure has been perfected to allow the patient optimal recovery of functioning with minimal pain. Having the surgery is only half the battle when it comes to hip replacement. Physical therapy is the other important factor in a full and positive recovery.
Following a hip replacement, physical therapy will help to re-establish the motion and strength of the joint. Treatment usually starts in the hospital the day after your surgery. The physical therapist will teach you how to correctly get in and out of bed, the shower, and the car, along with going up and down steps, and walking with crutches or a walker.
After hip replacement surgery, depending on the individual’s age and home environment, some patients may do a short stay in a rehab facility for additional therapy before they go home. Some patients may go home directly from the hospital and have a therapist come to their home. Once the patient is comfortable and strong enough to leave the house, they can begin outpatient physical therapy.
The Benefits of Outpatient Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy continues to evolve the exercises that the patient began with their in-home treatment. Our facility offers more options for the patient, including exercise equipment, and allows them to recover in a setting alongside others that may be recovering from a similar surgery. The focus will be to develop the range of motion in the new joint as well as strengthening the muscles surrounding the hip.
Hip replacements are very effective surgeries, but the commitment of the patient and the physical therapist will be the key to gaining function back so that you can start enjoying life pain-free again. Call us today at (402) 371-9707 to begin your physical therapy with Norfolk Physical Therapy today!
Posted on: Monday, March 5, 2018
Last modified on: Monday, March 5, 2018