Physical Therapy After Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip Replacement surgery

According to the most recent data from the AJRR Annual Report on hip and knee arthroplasty, the average age for hip replacement surgery is just over 66 years old. Males represent the majority of patients in younger age groups and females represent the majority as the population ages. For close to 80% of the patients, the diagnosis at the time of surgery pointed to osteoarthritis with avascular necrosis of the femoral head being the next most common diagnosis.

But it’s not just aging adults and mature athletes like Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton and former aerobics queen, Jane Fonda, opting for hip replacement surgery. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of hip replacements in individuals age 45 to 54 more than tripled between 2000 and 2010.

Why the surge in hip replacement surgery among younger patients?

Who is Getting Hip Replacement Surgery?  

Previously, replacements were only designed to last about 10 years or so, which meant doctors would recommend them to older patients, delaying the option for the younger population. Now, implants are made of more durable materials which are designed to last much longer – up to 30 years or more.

Since hip conditions are not just limited to the elderly, this is good news.

Additionally, younger generations have been seeking out hip replacement surgery as the procedure becomes more and more sophisticated. While in the past, it may have required a lengthy hospital stay, surgeries today are much less invasive than they used to be. Now, patients will typically be able to leave the hospital same-day.

How Long Does it Take To Recover from Surgery

Physical therapy, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet and body weight are all necessary steps to ensure a smooth and successful recovery and help patients get back on their feet…literally.

Following the proper steps, mentioned below, recovery typically occurs rapidly in the first several months, but patients can expect to experience improvements throughout the first year.

Physical Therapy Interventions Following Hip Replacement Surgery

An important factor to consider is the recovery process following hip replacement surgery. With physical therapy, patients will experience a bigger decrease in pain than without. In addition, physical therapy is necessary to help patients improve strength, balance and coordination which will help them return to their daily activities at a faster rate and reduce their risk for falls.

When you’re healing from surgery, it’s critical to work with highly skilled rehabilitation experts to help you restore range of motion in the joint and build leg muscles for a strong support system. Initially, therapy will begin the day after your surgery and will continue to progress through rehabilitation for an individual’s specific activities, such as returning to exercise.

While pain and stiffness is normal after surgery, a physical therapist will use special techniques to help subside the discomfort and inflammation. A therapist can also teach patients how to move through real-life settings and suggest adaptive equipment, such as a raised toilet seat, to ensure a safe recovery process.

Common Physical Therapy interventions include manual therapeutic technique, therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular reeducation and other modalities such as electrical stimulation and ice.

Twin Boro Physical Therapy for Post Hip Replacement Surgery

No matter what age you are, if you have been experiencing hip pain that makes daily activities (such as walking or going up or down stairs) difficult, consult with your doctor about exploring an appropriate hip-saving procedure. Symptoms of hip issues include sharp (often debilitating) pain in the groin, upper thigh and/or knee.

If you do opt for hip replacement, be sure to contact one of our physical therapy clinics to learn more about how physical therapy can help you pre and post surgery. With 23 locations throughout New Jersey, we make it easy to find a physical therapy clinic near you. Simply search for the closest NJ location using your zip code.

Why Choose Twin Boro Physical Therapy

Voted Readers’ Choice Best of New Jersey in 2013, Twin Boro has provided NJ residents with high quality physical therapy and rehab for over 38 years! It’s our award-winning approach, proven results and reputation that sets us apart. By incorporating the One2Four program into each patient’s program, the latest and most reliable scientific research and techniques is incorporated into effective evidence-based practice, we deliver only the highest standard of care with the unique One2Four approach.

It’s no surprise that Twin Boro Physical Therapy has also been voted the best physical therapy practice in New Jersey by the readers of mycentraljersey.com.

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