Advanced Physical Therapy

Total Hip Replacement

Total Hip Replacement (Arthroplasty) is replacement of the hip joint due to osteoarthritis. The most common cause of chronic hip pain and disability is arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis are the most common. Hip joint replacement is recommended when walking aids, medication and exercise fail to relieve the pain. Directly after surgery symptoms will include swelling, pain, and restricted range of motion of the hip joint.

Physical Therapy Treatment Plan: After careful evaluation by the physical therapist, the first step in treating this condition is to begin the correct exercise program and instruct you in the limitations according to your surgeon’s orders. Treatments will include exercise instruction and gait training. Other treatments may include ice and/or heat.

After your initial prescription for physical therapy is completed, your physician and physical therapist will decide if you need to continue physical therapy or if you will be discharged to a home exercise program.

This information is provided as a learning resource for the benefit of our patients. It is NOT INTENDED to replace personal consultation with your medical professionals.

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