If you are scheduled for a total hip replacement, the hip rehabilitation will start immediately on the day of the operation or the day after, depending on whether Rapid Recovery is used. An X-ray will be taken after the surgery to check whether your new hip is in good condition. If all is well, hip physiotherapy in the hospital can start immediately.
You will be offered some basic exercises: bending and stretching your legs in bed; spread your legs and close them; stand; first with one crutch and later with two crutches. If you can walk with crutches properly, you can leave the hospital. This is usually between 4 to 7 days and up to 10 days after the surgery. You will notice that your hip is already functioning better than before the operation.
Not moving after a hip replacement prevents recovery. However, it has come to our attention that some patients are still being discharged from the hospital without a prescription for physiotherapy. The consequences for recovery can be serious.
What can I expect from total hip replacement rehabilitation physiotherapy?
It is important for rehabilitation after hip surgery that a patient continues with hip physiotherapy exercises right after the hospital discharge. You’ll get out of bed — with assistance — and start moving around using a walker or crutches. You are allowed to put weight on the operated hip, which is very painful at first because the muscles are not yet strong enough. The physical therapist will help you with how to move safely with minimal pain. You may put a little more strain on the hip prosthesis by using a walker, then walk with crutches and gradually without support. Stair climbing is also practiced. You probably won’t be able to do certain movements for a few weeks.
Guidance from a physiotherapist is required to learn to walk properly again without a walker or crutches. The physiotherapy for your hip replacement consists of:
- Training for stability and flexibility of the hip.
- Exercises that strengthen the hip and thigh muscles.
- Training for a good running posture.
- Fitness training that teaches you how to move safely with minimal pain.
How long does it take to recover from a hip replacement?
In any case, you must use crutches up to six weeks after the operation. Over time you will be asked to do more and heavier exercises. Two to three months after hip surgery, you will need physical therapy twice a week on average. As soon as you know when you will have an operation, please contact us immediately to schedule an appointment for after your hospitalization.
The physiotherapists at Fysio Masters have already assisted many patients after hip surgery. They are experienced in teaching patients how to stand, stand, walk, lie and sit. By doing these assisted exercises you can move your hip better and you will strengthen your muscles.
What are the guidelines for a successful recovery?
In order to stimulate the recovery of your hip, it is important that you keep the following guidelines in addition to having extensive hip physiotherapy:
- Do not lift heavy objects.
- Do not turn your hip when you are lying or standing.
- Don’t kneel or squat.
- Avoid extreme movements with your new hip.
- Do not cross your legs.
- Do not lift your knee higher than your hip.
- Walk regularly and rest well after walking.
- Do not bend over 90 degrees when standing or sitting, so don’t put on your shoes or socks, let others help you.
- A raised bed, a raised chair and toilet is important for easier standing up.
- Wear shock-absorbing, sturdy shoes.
Which sports can you do after hip replacement surgery?
At the end of the rehabilitation, we will discuss which sports you can practice again. The new prosthesis normally will last between 15 and 20 years. Due to the stress of some sports such as football or running, it could wear out faster. Most other sports (even skiing) can be done again.
What can you do to stay fit?
A healthy lifestyle is very important. Being overweight is not good and will add pressure on your new joint. In addition to doing the exercises, you also have to watch your diet. You can also take dietary supplements that promote the production of calcium.
Patient Experiences at Fysio Masters
“This lady has magic fingers. She helped me get rid of my hip pain and thereby prevented hip surgery”. Zorgkaart Nederland – 18 October 2018
“I experienced Jan Willem as a very professional clinician. A very nice gentleman and a pleasant person to deal with, punctual and very clear in his communication. He treated me a few times with a good result. During the exercises he is a patient coach and a real motivator.” Zorgkaart Nederland – 24 January 2020
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