One of the critical success factors for a positive outcome is following the rehabilitation process. In order to help achieve the goals for a successful hip resurfacing procedure, you must actively participate in the rehab process and work diligently on your own, as well as with the therapists, to achieve optimal results.
Physical Therapy - Your recovery program usually begins the day after surgery. Our physical therapists will teach you some simple exercises that will strengthen the muscles in the hip and lower extremity. You will be taught the following exercises while laying down:
Gluteal Sets: Tighten and relax the buttock muscles.
Quadricep Sets: Tighten and relax the thigh muscles.
Ankle Pumps: Flex and extend the ankles.
Heel Slides: Bend your knee up.
Leg Lifts: With assistance, raise your whole leg.
Knee Extensions: Straighten the lower part of your leg.
Hip Abduction: Move your whole leg out to the side.
Your physical therapist will also teach you proper techniques to perform such simple tasks as:
Moving up and down in bed.
Going from lying to sitting.
Going from sitting to standing.
Going from standing to sitting.
Going from sitting to lying.
Although these are simple activities, you must learn to do them safely so that the hip does not dislocate or suffer other injury.
Another important goal for early physical therapy is for you to learn to walk safely with light forearm crutches or another device. Your surgeon will determine how much weight you can bear on your new hip, and your therapist will teach you the proper techniques for walking on level surfaces and stairs with the assistive device.
Occupational Therapy - An occupational therapist will also visit with you to teach you how to perform activities of daily living safely. He or she will reinforce the hip precautions you should follow.
Continued Rehabilitation at Home
Following surgery, a physical therapist may help you with your rehabilitation program. In addition to the exercises done with the therapist, you should continue to perform your hip exercises on your own. It is also important to continue to walk on a regular basis. An exercise and walking program helps strengthen your hip muscles and makes activities of daily living easier to manage.
You will continue to build on the exercises you learned at Meriter. If an exercise is causing pain that is lasting, reduce the number of repetitions. If the pain continues, contact your physical therapist or physician.
While at home, you will continue to walk with the assistive device unless otherwise directed by your care providers. During the first few months following surgery, you must also follow the hip precautions and weight-bearing instructions you received. It is recommended that you not drive unless you have been approved by your doctor.
Meriter Hospital, 9 Tower 202 S. Park Street Madison, WI 53715 Telephone: (608) 417-5365