Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement is a common procedure that is used to treat chronic hip pain and dysfunction including osteoarthritis. Due to advancements in surgical techniques hospital stay post-hip replacement is generally short (5-10 days). Similar to total knee replacements, hip and leg strengthening before surgery results in better long term results.
Following surgery, pain and swelling is expected and this may limit walking and daily activities. It is expected that bending the hip 80-90degrees is achieved before leaving hospital. Specific limitations apply to total hip replacement: don’t bend the hip beyond 90degrees, don’t cross your legs and don’t internally rotate the hip. These precautions will be explained before or after surgery and help to protect from any further harm.
Rehabilitation following total hip replacement involves restoring normal strength and flexibility to the structures around the new hip joint. Expected rehabilitation time is 12 weeks though pain and deficits in strength may take longer to resolve.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call on 32454532 and one of our physiotherapists can assist you.
Capalaba Physio Works Team