It is common for patients suffering from severe hip joint arthritis to opt for hip replacement surgery or Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA). Even if patients undergo a successful hip replacement surgery, it is still a battle half won because the other half consists of recovering from the replacement surgery and returning to the pre-surgery active lifestyle. Physical therapy and exercise therapy can help you achieve this by reducing your recovery time and strengthening your hips muscles so that you are back on the grid in no time.
Why is physical therapy and exercise therapy important?
Hip replacement surgeries have been consistently successful in bringing down pain levels in patients and improving their quality of life through enhanced functional abilities. But, when taking a long-term perspective, there are studies which have noted persistence of impairment and functional limitation in individuals after a HRS. A study published in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine has clearly supported physical therapy exercise programs as an effective way of consistently improving physical impairment and ability to function.
The post-operative recovery plan
The post-operative plan is a recovery plan devised by your physician and physiotherapist to help you recover from THA and regain normal functionality. The plan covers exercises to be done under your therapist’s supervision, self-supervised home exercises and precautions for hip joint protection when resuming normal functions like walking, climbing stairs, sleeping, sex and driving. Adaptive equipments like shower bench, seat cushion, elevated toilet seat, reacher stick, dressing stick, sock aid, crutches and walker. The use of walking aids like walker, crutches or a walking cane will be decided by your physiotherapist, depending upon the progress you make in therapy sessions.
Self supervised home exercises
Self supervised home exercises are an important part of rehabilitation programs to strengthen the newly replaced hip joint. The exercises are so designed that they can be performed without any specific exercise equipment.
The main aim of having a hip replacement surgery is to be able to regain your active lifestyle without having to go through any kind of pain and physical therapy along with exercise therapy will help you achieve it effectively.