Hip Replacement (Post-Op)

Hip implants consist of (1) a smooth ball on a stem that fits into the thigh bone (the femoral stem), and (2) a metal socket with a smooth liner that is attached to the pelvis (acetabular cup). Once in place, the artificial ball and socket function like a natural hip. There are several surgical approaches to hip replacement surgery.

Potential treatments include: Physical therapy post total hip replacement surgery is accepted as standard and essential treatment. The aim is to maximize a person’s functionality and independence and minimize complications such as hip dislocation, wound infection, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. In early phase, therapeutic exercise to include stationary bike, abdominal and trunk stabilization, 3-way straight leg raise (for lateral approach, no extension until week #6 post surgery), closed chain weight shifting activities to include side-stepping, balance exercises, sit to stand activities, gait training, modalities such as cold pack/ice, Class IV laser. In weeks #3 – #6, reduce pain, inflammation and swelling, increase range of motion, increase lower extremity and trunk strength, balance and proprioceptive training, gait training, wean off of assistive device, functional activity training.