The hip replacement surgery done by surgeons is not the only factor you need to think of in order to relieve your hip pain. The recovery stage after the surgery is also important – this is the time where physical therapy is needed in order to restore the range of motion in the joint. Physical therapy will also strengthen the muscle in your legs in order to build a solid support for your newly operated hip joints. It is very important to restore the range of motion during the healing time since failure to do so will result in some trouble later on such as going up the stairs and other activities.
Physical therapy after the surgery in the hips is very important because it does not only help strengthen muscles in the legs but it also lowers the risk of your new hip joints being dislocated. The risk of dislocating the hip is very high during the first six to eight weeks. Physical therapy will greatly help in keeping the artificial hip in its place during the healing and during the risk period for the newly operated hips.
Physical therapy session is advised right after the surgery or as early as possible after the successful operation. The physical therapy session will be based on the type of hip surgery the patient had because it will determine how much weight the patient can put on his or her hips. The physical therapist may create an exercise program that can be done in bed, which will help in avoiding blood clot. The exercises may include squeezing the buttocks, tightening the thighs, or pointing the feet down and up. Most therapists suggest doing the exercises every hour. Medication is important after the surgery in order to control the pain and allow the patient to move around and do the exercises.
Patients that had hip surgery go home and live their life without the pain in their hips but it is important for them to learn how to move and protect their new joint. In order to guarantee a long lasting problem free hip, regular visit to physical therapist is important. Physical therapist does not want their patients to bend more than 90 degrees at the hips. Physical therapist can teach people on how to properly tie the shoes, get in and out of the car or in and out of the tub and other daily activities that requires us to bend our hips. Pain and stiffness is a common thing after hip surgery but with a physical therapy session, the discomfort will subside in following weeks.