Hip Replacement Therapy

Hip Replacement Recovery

can take anything from 2 months to a year, so its best get yourself prepared. Like all major medical procedures, proper care has to be taken after hip joint replacement surgery. It will take a good team effort (including yourself) to get you back on the road to perfect health again. Having your hip joint replaced will undoubtedly change the way you carry out certain activities and place some limitations on some of your movements but it shouldn’t hold you back from living a full life.

Straight after surgery you will be monitored and special attention will be given to your legs and feet with regards to body temperature, circulation and sensation. You may also be required to wear compression stockings to improve blood flow and reduce the formation of blood clots.

A day after your surgery your physiotherapist will recommend some small exercises for you to do while in bed such as:

  • Gluteal sets: tightening and relaxing the buttock muscles
  • Quadricep sets: tightening and relaxing the thigh muscles
  • Ankle pumps: flexing and extending the ankles

These help with strengthening your hip joint without much movement of the hip itself. The physical therapist will work with you 2 or 3 times per day while you are still in hospital and teach you specific exercises to regain your full hip movement. When you go home after 3-5 days, you will also be assigned a physical therapist or nurse to work with you several times per week. As a result of having a new hip, you will have to re-learn to perform normal movements and start getting used the prosthesis. The physical therapist will teach you how to do the following safely:

  • Moving up and down in bed
  • Getting to a sitting position from lying down and vice versa
  • Going from sitting to standing and vice versa
  • Getting in and out of the bathroom
  • Getting in and out of your car

During you rehabilitation its very important to actively participate by also working on your own as well as with the therapist in order to speed up your recovery time. You may also need a walker or a cane to aid you with walking.

There are however certain precautions with regards to certain activities that you need to heed to prevent further injury or dislocation of your hip. Avoid high impact activities, such as running, downhill skiing, bending down too much and lifting very heavy things. Mostly you need to listen to your body and if a certain activity becomes a bit strenuous then stop it immediately. Your doctor would have given you a specific list of movements to avoid.

Leading an active life after hip replacement is very possible. After 6 weeks, you can go back to your normal routine such as driving, swimming, golf, walking or gardening without any problems.

I would add that you should look very carefully at your supplementation. It is vital to get the right nutrients to your joint in order to speed the healing process and protect your long term health. Sign-up for our free ebook to get tips and advice on supplementation www.steveshealthanswers.com

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