More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls.
Fall prevention is the best way to avoid a hip fracture and subsequent surgery. Even though most total hip replacements (arthroplasty) are performed in adults aged 60-80, the procedure is growing in population among an active, aging population. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a leading cause of hip replacements.
How physical therapy helps before and after a total hip replacement
Total hip replacement surgery removes damaged bone and cartilage from a painful hip and replaces it with a prosthetic or artificial hip. You can read more about total hip arthroplasty and hemiarthroplasty (partial hip replacement) here.
Before surgery, you may experience severe pain in the hip and groin. Your ability to walk and navigate stairs may be seriously affected. Your physical therapist will evaluate your range of motion and help you be as comfortable as possible leading up to your operation. You’ll also review an individualized post-surgery plan to help you feel as confident as possible about your recovery.
Total hip replacements are major surgeries. You’ll experience stiffness in the hip and leg as well as some muscle weakness. Postsurgical pain is common for 4 to 6 weeks, while some patients experience some level of pain for 12 weeks. Your physical therapist will help you safely limit the amount of weight you put on the affected leg. You’ll also learn to effectively use crutches or a walker to minimize discomfort and aid healing.
Are you undergoing a total or partial hip replacement?
Contact a Step & Spine physical therapist at one of our three Central Oregon locations today to help you prepare for surgery and set an effective post-surgery plan.