Physical Therapy After A Hip Replacement

older woman with injured hipAs we continue to age, the joints within our bodies can begin to break down. When this breakdown becomes severe enough, sometimes the only thing that can help is joint replacement surgery. If a doctor has told you that it is time to get your hip replaced, setting up sessions for physical therapy after the operation needs to be at the top of your list. Here at MOTION, our expert staff will work diligently to help get you back to full strength after a procedure such as this.

What Takes Place During A Hip Replacement?

Patients wondering what takes place during this type of operation can have their questions answered by our staff. As experts in administering physical therapy, we are well versed in the area of hip replacements. During this operation, surgeons remove the hip joint’s damaged parts, replacing them with artificial materials. Because of its invasive nature, doctors will likely wait to recommend this procedure until all other relief methods have been exhausted to no avail.

What to Expect During Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy plays a crucial role in the recovery process for all joint replacement surgeries. It is one of the most beneficial forms of treatment, as it can be used to help with a wide array of injuries and conditions. When you schedule an appointment for physical therapy you can expect the below to take place:

  • Performing therapeutic stretches and strengthening exercises.
  • Balance training.
  • Soft tissue mobilization to loosen up contracted tissue.
  • Heat and cold therapy to reduce swelling.

Risk Factors Physical Therapy Helps Prevent

No matter what type of operation is necessary, anytime you go under the knife, some risks come along with it. Even if the surgery goes off without a hitch, patients still need to work on their recovery to negate the development of any long-term issues and complications. This is where sessions of physical therapy come into play. By allowing our team to provide you with this type of treatment, you can prevent the below risk factors from occurring:

  • Formation of blood clots.
  • Development of painful scar tissue.
  • Increased risk of dislocations.
  • Weakness.
  • Loosening of the new joint.

The Benefits Of Working With Us

Preventing the previously mentioned risk factors is not the only thing that sessions of physical therapy are suitable for. There are a plethora of benefits to be had from working with our physical therapists. These benefits include:

  • Reducing the time you spend recovering.
  • Eliminating pain and swelling.
  • Improving flexibility and range of motion.
  • Increasing strength in the hip area.
  • Teaching your body how to walk with your new joint.

Schedule An Appointment

At MOTION, our team’s goal is to keep patients healthy and active. When hip replacement surgery is in your future, we’re here to help. By scheduling sessions of physical therapy the chances of making a quick recovery vastly improve. For more information about this process, be sure to contact us today.