Total hip replacement aims to relieve pain and improve patients ability to walk, as well as to complete other movements. After undergoing total hip replacement, joint stiffness and localized pain are common, but implementing an exercise program post-surgery can help the stiffness and pain. At Flowers Physical Therapy, our expert staff will create an exercise and rehabilitation regime that will help you to recover from your operation quickly and thoroughly, while simultaneously improving your overall health and wellness.
Benefits of Physical Therapy After Surgery:
Surgery is the first step towards healthy, pain-free, and well-functioning hips. After undergoing total hip replacement, it is essential to strengthen your leg muscles to give your body a strong, reliable foundation. By visiting a physical therapist, you can ensure that you’re strengthening your muscles in a safe and goal oriented manner backed by medical expertise. At Flowers Physical Therapy, our team will work with you in the period immediately after surgery to achieve maximum range of motion, muscle strengthening, and pain relief. Long-term, it’s important to maintain a basic, low impact exercise regime that may include activities such as biking, swimming, and dancing to prevent hip stiffness and pain.
At Home Exercise Regime:
While finding the right physical therapist to aid in your recovery post-surgery is crucial, there are plenty of exercises and stretches that you can do in the comfort of your own home to maximize the benefits of your surgery. These include:
Ankle Rotations: While laying on your back, rotate your ankle in towards your other foot and then outward.
Standing Hip Abductions: Standing up with your body straight, lift your leg out slightly to the side, then slowly lower leg.
Exercycling: Working out regularly on a stationary bike can help you to regain strength and flexibility in the hip. Begin by pedaling backward, and once this is comfortable, pedal forwards.
Walking: Until you have regained balance fully, be sure to walk with a cane/walker. Begin by walking for intervals of 5-10 minutes a few times a day, aiming to walk for 30-minute intervals multiple times a week once a complete recovery has been made.
Why Flowers Physical Therapy?
At Flowers Physical Therapy, our expert staff will assist you in shortening your recovery time after your total hip replacement, preventing future re-injury, and improving your body’s overall level of health. Contact us today for an appointment, and to get you back to feeling your best!