A total hip replacement is a major surgery. That means you've got to approach recovery carefully in order to heal successfully. At Empire Physical Therapy & Athletic Rehabilitation, PC on the East Side of Manhattan in New York City, the orthopedic physical therapy specialists, Billy Reilly, MS, PT and Paul LaRosa, MS, PT, are ready to help with powerful natural strength and flexibility treatments. Book an appointment online or call the office to schedule post-hip replacement therapy now.
In a total hip replacement, your surgeon removes damaged or worn bone to replace it with plastic, metal, or ceramic components. After a total hip replacement, you'll have a new hip-joint socket, a new hip-joint ball to fit into that socket, and a new spacer that helps smooth movement between the two.
Your orthopedic surgeon might recommend total hip replacement if your hip pain is severe enough to interfere with basic movement like walking. If more conservative treatments haven't worked, a total hip replacement can give you long-lasting relief for chronic conditions like osteoarthritis.
At Empire Physical Therapy & Athletic Rehabilitation, PC, physical therapy after hip replacement is fully customized to you. When you follow the program faithfully, you can expect to resume an adjusted version of your normal routine in about three to six weeks.
Treatment typically includes:
A walking program gradually rebuilds your strength, stamina, and mobility. You'll do this mainly on a treadmill at first and then graduate to walking on a variety of surfaces.
Strength training increases the strength, and therefore the support, of your hip-area muscles. You'll do this at our facility, but your physical therapist can also give you some prescribed exercises to do at home.
Balance exercises help you regain your balance after hip replacement. You'll do these both at our facility and at home.
It's normal to have some internal scar tissue around your hip joint after hip replacement. Because this scar tissue can bind the joint and restrict your movement, it's important to manage it properly. Your physical therapist can perform specific tissue massage techniques to dissipate this scar tissue.
During physical therapy, it's very important to follow closely guidelines about footwear. The right shoes can give you extra stability and can greatly enhance your recovery.
A total hip replacement can give you the gift of walking and moving without constant pain, but you need help from expert orthopedic physical therapists to get there. Call now or book your appointment online today.