Total Hip Replacement

Is a common surgical intervention that is performed for severe arthritis or hip fracture when all other conservative measures fail. The goal of a total hip replacement is to relieve pain, improve joint mobility, and restore the ability to perform your normal functional activities of daily living.

What type of symptoms will you have?

  • Severe pain in the hip and groin region
  • Difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
  • Pain when lying on the affected hip that causes sleep disruption.

Post surgical symptoms:

  • You may experience stiffness and pain in the hip and leg muscles.
  • Some initial difficulty placing weight on the surgical leg.
  • Swelling of the lower extremity.

How can a Physical Therapist help?

  • Teach you flexibility and strengthening exercises for the leg.
  • Instruct you on the proper way to use an assistive device such as a walker.
  • Educate you on any precautions or limitations after your procedure.
  • Educate you on the proper walking mechanics to facilitate a normal cadance.
  • Work on standing balance exercises to improve your safety on uneven surfaces.
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