A total hip replacement is undertaken to relieve pain and disability due to hip joint damage, which has probably occurred as a result of advanced age -elated changes known as osteoarthritis.
Some individuals have a hip replacement due to hip fractures or rheumatological diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis which may have deteriorated their hip joint over time.
The first phase of your recovery will be focused on managing your pain and early mobilization to prevent excessive hip stiffness developing and to reduce any chances of DVT and infection.
Our expert physiotherapists will help you to safely transfer out of bed on the day of your surgery or the morning after surgery. You will be provided with a walking frame or elbow crutches to initially start to weight bear and walk. With help from your physiotherapist, you will be taught how to safely ascend and descend stairs prior to being discharged from hospital and supervised as you practice.
For a period of time after your hip replacement, there will be certain activities and movements that your surgeon will not want you to perform due to a small risk of dislocating your hip.
Your physiotherapists will educate you on how best to avoid and provide some alternatives so you can return to independence as quickly as possible.
The second phase of your recovery will focus on enabling you to walk with a more normal gait pattern and wean off the walking frame or elbow crutches to using sticks.
Our physiotherapists will design a specific rehabilitation regime to help you regain strength and balance in your operated leg
At this stage, many of the exercises will be non weight-bearing and will target the hip extensor muscles. This will help to propel you forwards and upwards when walking or climbing stairs/getting out of a seat.
The exercises will also target the hip abductor muscles. This will help to stabilize your hip and pelvis when walking and standing on one leg).
The third phase of your recovery will begin when you have recovered from any acute pain associated with the surgery and recovered enough strength and balance in your operated leg to commence more vigorous, weight-bearing exercises. The exercises our physiotherapists prescribe during this phase will typically take into consideration your normal activity levels, sports and hobbies and will aim to increase functional strength. Examples of exercises that may be prescribed are step-ups to increase your strength and balance when climbing stairs, and shallow squats to enhance your ability to stand from a seated position.
The Game Ready Ice Machine, electric muscle stimulator, AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, Hydro Physio aqua-jogger, sports equipment including the Concept2 rowing machine, plus Circle’s Return to Sport Assessment service may help rehabilitation following a total hip replacement