Total Hip Replacement / Partial Hip Replacement

About Total Hip Replacement / Partial Hip Replacement

When the hip has suffered a significant trauma such as a fracture or when long-term arthritis is affecting your ability to move and walk, surgery to replace the hip may be needed. In this surgery known as a total hip replacement, the socket of the hip joint and head of the femur are replaced. With a partial hip replacement, either the head of the femur or the socket of the hip is replaced. There have been many advances in the technology of the total hip replacement prosthesis and procedures allowing for less invasive surgery and faster recovery times.

Typically people have suffered for a while before having surgery, leading to changes in walking, loss of muscle strength and function. Physical therapy before surgery, in general, has shown to help the quality of recovery after surgery.

How physical therapy helps:

Working with your surgeon’s protocols, we coordinate a thorough rehabilitation program to get you back to normal walking as soon as possible.

Typically, you may start physical therapy in the hospital the day after your procedure. In the hospital, basic movements and function such as getting up and down out of chairs, basic walking, and strength are addressed. After discharge from the hospital, it is very important to continue with outpatient physical therapy.

We complete the rehabilitation cycle, further restoring your range of motion, normal walking, balance, coordination, and alleviating pain. We continue to reinforce safety precautions with your hip movement while you heal. The goal of physical therapy is to maximize your ability to resume daily activities pain-free. Call Bay State Physical Therapy today to learn more about our post-surgery rehabilitation program.