Three benefits physical therapy can bring to your hip replacement surgery recovery

Hip Replacement Surgery Recovery

Does your hip hurt when you’re moving and when you’re at rest? If you said yes, then you’re likely one of the many Americans who has end-stage hip arthritis. 

Hip replacement surgery is commonly used to treat people with end-stage hip arthritis; it’s reported that more than 450,000 of these surgeries are performed in the U.S. annually. People who opt for a hip replacement surgery will need to have a top-notch recovery plan. Physical therapists can help you by building a post-hip replacement surgery recovery plan that offers you many benefits. 

Three benefits you can get from a physical therapy-based hip replacement surgery recovery plan

Physical therapists are trained to address the many issues you’ll face during your hip replacement surgery recovery. They’ll also create a plan that’s personalized to your needs, which can allow you to get benefits such as: 

  1. Improved hip muscle strength — Hip surgery can lead to trauma in the muscles around this joint. This trauma can leave your muscles weaker and increase how long your recovery takes. Physical therapists can show you how to perform therapeutic exercises that can help increase hip muscle strength following a hip replacement. One study reports that eight weeks of such exercises helped improve strength in the: 
  1. Reduced pain — Any type of surgery can cause post-op pain, and hip replacement surgery is no exception. Fortunately, physical therapy can help you reduce post-surgical pain. A study of physical therapy-based hip replacement rehabilitation shows that patients’ post-surgical pain dropped by nearly five points after four weeks in therapy. 
  1. Increased ability to walk — One reason many people have a hip replacement is they want to walk farther and without pain. Physical therapy can help you rehab in ways that help you reach your goals faster. Medical researchers report that four weeks of physical therapy improved patients’ six minute walking test scores by more than 23%. 

Supercharge your hip replacement surgery recovery at SSOR

Are you looking for a top-notch hip replacement surgery recovery plan? Our team of physical therapists at SSOR offer just the type of plans you’re looking for. In fact, we excel at creating post-surgical rehab plans that are customized to each individual’s specific needs. 

Our team can also help you prepare your body for surgery with our pre-surgical rehab service. Using this service can help you recover faster after surgery, too. In addition, we offer at-home care and virtual therapy services that allow you to get post-surgical therapy in the comfort of your own home.

Contact us today for more information about how we can assist hip replacement patients or to schedule your initial appointment.