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Are You Having Hip Surgery? Physical Therapy Can Help You Heal!

Have you recently going through from a Total Hip Replacement surgery? Are you nervous about the outcomes? At Shanti Physical Therapy, we understand that this can be a nerve-wracking time.

Know that support can be found at our East Windsor and Edison, NJ physical therapy clinic. Choosing to participate in physical therapy both before and after surgery has enormous benefits. Are you interested in recovering faster and having better operation outcomes? If so, contact Shanti Physical Therapy to schedule an appointment today!

Recuperating From Hip Replacement

The joints of the body can move in some impressive directions and even (in the case of the hips and knees) hold your body weight steady as you stand and move.

Unfortunately, their complexity also opens the door for many potential forms of injury and damage. Joint damage can take the form of torn muscles, ruptured ligaments, and even dislocations.

Chronic joint damage may develop over many years, resulting in worn cartilage, inflamed or deformed joint components, and painful bone-on-bone friction within the joint. For instance, you may suffer from hip arthritis that makes everyday activities impossible.

If your damaged joint doesn’t respond to medication, exercise, and lifestyle changes, you may need to resort to surgery.

Two primary types of orthopedic (joint) surgery include:

Reconstructive surgery

Many injuries require reconstructive joint surgery.

Total joint replacements

Total joint replacements may be necessary when the original joint has received so much wear and tear that nothing more can be done to treat it. This need often applies to weight-bearing joints that have been subjected to longstanding or abnormal stress.

How Physical Therapy Can Help You Get Moving Again

As tempting as it might be to stay in bed following your joint surgery, you need to start working on your rehabilitation as soon as you can.

Research shows that patients who undergo physical therapy were better at balancing, getting out of chairs, climbing stairs, and walking than patients who just received standard postoperative care.

Your personalized physical therapy plan may consist of:

Reconstructive surgery

Many injuries require reconstructive joint surgery.

Strength and balance training

Our physical therapy center can prescribe strength training to help you rebuild damaged or atrophied muscles. Neuromuscular re-education exercises can help you regain weight-bearing joint stability.

Massage therapy

Massage therapy boosts blood flow and drainage in tissues following surgery. It can also keep the tissue loose and limber while reducing scar tissue formation.

Heat and cold treatments

Applications of heat or cold can control post-operative swelling, ease inflammation, and relieve pain.

Training on assistive devices

Over the course of your recuperation, you may have to depend on assistive devices such as crutches or canes. Your physical therapy regimen can include training on how to use these devices safely and efficiently.

Our East Windsor and Edison, NJ physical therapist will use their expert knowledge to determine what your treatment plan will look like and take into account factors such as your age, source of injury, and current fitness level.

The Importance Of Preventative Rehabilitation Or “Prehab”

Did you know that physical therapy before surgery is essential too?

Working with a physical therapist before surgery can help you prepare for the changes you’ll have to adjust to after your operation. For example, your therapist can prepare you for driving, moving around your house, your eventual return to work, and a post-operative exercise plan that won’t jeopardize your recovery.

Your therapist can also recommend assistive devices, such as a cane or walker, that you may require after surgery.

Prehab with a physical therapist may include recommendations for establishing a “recovery zone” in your home. If your bedroom is on the second floor of your home, for example, you might want to set up a bedroom or resting area on the first floor to avoid having to use the stairs frequently after surgery.

Items in the kitchen that you may need to reach should be placed on lower shelves ahead of time, where they are easily accessible. Physical therapy will be invaluable to your recovery, but therapeutic rest will also be beneficial. Prepare a space in your home where you can comfortably sit, rest, and relax.

Exercise will also be a part of your pre-surgery physical therapy plan. Strength training, stretching for flexibility, and aerobic exercise to improve oxygen flow will all aid in your recovery from surgery. Prehab has been proven to improve surgical outcomes and shorten recovery times.

Trust Shanti Physical Therapy With Your Recovery!

At our East Windsor and Edison, NJ physical therapy clinic, there is nothing more important to us than the health and wellness of our patients. If you’re having Total Hip Replacement surgery, contact us today to get started on your recovery plan!

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment
  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan
  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery
  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!