Physiotherapy After a Total Hip Replacement
An effective and optimal physiotherapy program is paramount in your post operative recovery from a Total Hip Replacement. Particularly, the 12-weeks following surgery are hugely important for your rehabilitation and recovery – which begins the day after your operation. Most likely, you have already been visited by your physiotherapist in hospital to commence your walking with crutches, bed and chair exercises. Upon your discharge, the continuation and progression of these exercises are paramount to ensure you can return to a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Move Physiotherapy is a highly trusted and reputable clinic both with multiple Orthopaedic Surgeons and in the wider Booragoon and Fremantle areas. We do not take shortcuts with your rehabilitation and will ensure you get the most from your Total Hip Replacement.
However, also important to remember is that every hip and person is different and the rate at which your hip recovers will be different from your friends and colleagues. Also important is to remember is your ‘Hip Precautions’ which vary based on whether you have had an Anterior (Front of Hip) surgical approach, or Posterior (Back of Hip) surgical approach.
For those with a Posterior Approach Total Hip Replacement – scar through the buttock muscles – you will need to ensure you do not bend your hip beyond 90° or cross your legs during sitting. Anterior approaches are becoming more and more popular in recent times as they do not cut through any muscles. As such, there are generally no precautions for those who have undergone an anterior approach; however your surgeon may direct you to avoid hip extension for the few weeks following surgery. The posterior approach hip precautions are required for the first 6-weeks following your operation.
It is generally expected that you will stay between 3-5 days in hospital following your hip replacement. Your discharge depends heavily on your general health, medical issues and rate of progression with your rehabilitation. It is generally recommend that you are reviewed by your out-patient physiotherapist on the second week following your surgery.
Move Physiotherapy offer both home and clinic-based appointments in the initial stages following your surgery; however as you improve we find we can provide a higher quality of exercise in clinic. We ensure that our clinics are the best equipped physiotherapy clinics for this reason! Your recovery will require home exercises to be completed multiple times daily. However, we can also supplement this exercise with Clinical Reformer Pilates; and our studios are equipped with dumbbells, kettlebells, squat racks, force platforms and more. This means that as you progress; we can utilise our other equipment to challenge you.
Whatever your end goal – whether this be returning to walking, rowing, kayaking or bike riding; just to name a few recent examples; our physiotherapists can combine their knowledge in human movement, exercise prescription and injury rehabilitation to help achieve your health and physical activity goals.