While hip replacements are a major operation, they are considered one of the most successful surgeries in modern medicine. More than 95% of people experience relief after replacement. However, your recovery will take some time, and many people wonder what the recovery process looks like. Here is a quick guide on what you can expect after a hip replacement.
When Does PT Begin After a Hip Replacement
In most cases, you will be able to put weight on your hip immediately after surgery and notice improved mobility right away. However, most people will need an assistive device like a walker or cane to help them get around at first.
You will start physical therapy within a few days of your surgery. In the beginning, your exercises will mostly look like real-world movements. Activities include standing up from a chair at first and then progressing into more strenuous activities such as going up stairs. Your therapist will also show you some light strengthening exercises as well. Finally, when it’s time for you to head home, your doctor or therapist will show you movements to avoid while you are still in the early stages of healing.
What Does PT for My Hip Replacement Look Like?
Once you get home, it’s critical that you work on your mobility and strength with your new hip. Your outpatient PT will usually begin within a few days after discharge.
Progress happens as you gradually work toward putting more weight on your hip until you can fully walk on your own without support. Next, your therapist will help you ease into activity-specific exercises to return to your everyday life. Those exercises often mimic tasks you regularly complete, such as climbing a ladder, hiking, lifting objects from the ground, etc.
How Long is Recovery?
Recovery time can be drastically different depending on your circumstances, but before you know it, you will feel mobile and healthy again. You must be diligent with your rehabilitation routine. The only way to improve your strength, balance, and mobility is to be consistent in your physical therapy.
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