Hip replacement is a procedure in which a doctor surgically removes the hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint, often made from metal and plastic components. This surgical procedure is typically performed after other treatment options have failed to provide adequate pain relief. The goal of hip replacement surgery is to alleviate pain to the hip joint and make walking easier.
Conditions Creating the Need for Hip Replacement
The most common medical conditions adversely affecting the function of the hip joint are:
- Broken hip from fall – especially prevalent in the elderly
- Bone spur
- Bone tumor
- Rheumatoid arthritis
How is hip replacement performed?
- Through traditional invasive surgery
- Through minimally-invasive surgery
What is the difference between these two procedures?
- The size of the incision required, and
- The length of post-surgery physical therapy.
Hip Replacement Post-Surgery Physical Therapy
The post-operative recovery process is an extremely important component in the healing process. The prosthetic hip is very delicate post-surgery. Expert Physical Therapy will begin the day after hip replacement surgery and continue for six to eight weeks to fully recover as painlessly as possible. Within days, the patient is able to walk with assistance – walker, crutches, cane – and physical therapy will promote a painless and speedy recovery.
The Doctors of Physical Therapy at Spine and Sports Medicine will guide you through hip replacement surgery rehabilitation.
Working with a Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Treatment Team at Spine and Sports Medicine will strengthen the hip structure and increase flexibility. Physical therapy will help to regain a normal range of motion in the hip. In conjunction with physical therapy, electrical stimulation may be implemented to:
- Reduce Muscle Spasms
- Alleviate Pain
- Decrease Inflammation
Through effective physical therapy, the patient will relearn how to walk and take protective precautions with all movements surrounding the hip joint. Eventually, the patient will regain the mobility to participate in everyday activities.
Manual – hands-on – Physical Therapy
Manual physical therapy entails tailoring specific exercises to strengthen the weak and soft muscle tissue comprising the hip through gentle joint manipulation. These physical therapy exercises combined with other therapeutic treatments provide circulatory energy enhancing the hip’s recovery.
- Moist Heat
- Medical Massage
Hip Replacement Recovery Period Precautions
There are several common sense precautions every patient recovering from hip replacement surgery should take during the healing process.
- No pivoting on the leg
- No twisting on the leg
- No crossing of the leg past the body’s midline
- No turning of the leg inward
- No bending forward at the hip forward
- No squatting
The physical therapists at Spine and Sports Medicine will provide you with the movement techniques through adaptive equipment helping you to follow these precautionary guidelines. Remember: Not following your physical therapist’s advice may result in a dislocation of your newly replaced hip joint and require another surgical procedure.
Medical Insurance Coverage for Hip Replacement Rehabilitation
At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to have the cost of your hip replacement rehabilitation treatment covered by your insurance plan. Most insurance plans cover the cost of hip replacement physical therapy. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.
Preeminent Hip Replacement Physical Therapy Treatment
The Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Team at Spine and Sports Medicine have the education, training, and practical experience to design individualized treatment plans unique to each patient’s needs. Discover pain relief benefits provided by a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.
If you are about to undergo hip replacement, don’t delay seeking immediate post-operative physical therapy treatment. Reach out to the multidisciplinary team of hip replacement rehabilitation and pain management experts at Spine and Sports Medicine by clicking below – or – call 212.986.3888.