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Hip Replacement and Rehab

When you have a hip replacement surgery, your doctor will suggest you do physical rehab afterward. A regular exercise program is a key part of recovery from your operation.When you build up strength in the muscles around your new joint, it will help you get back to your normal activities.

What Occurs in a Hip Replacement?

In a hip replacement, the damaged bone and cartilage is surgically removed and replaced with prosthetic components.

  • The damaged femoral head is removed and replaced with a metal stem, which has a ceramic ball on the upper part of the stem, is placed into the hollow center of the femur. The femoral stem may be either cemented or “press fit” into the bone.
  • The damaged cartilage surface of the socket (acetabulum) is removed and replaced with a metal socket. Screws or cement are sometimes used to hold the socket in place.
  • A plastic, ceramic, or metal spacer is inserted between the new ball and the socket to allow for a smooth gliding surface. 

Benefits of Rehab

Rehab will help you:

  • Restore normal movement in your joint
  • Build up strength in the joint and surrounding muscles
  • Ease pain and swelling
  • Let you get back to your normal activities
  • Help with circulation, particularly right after surgery, so you don’t have problems with blood clots

The whole rehabilitation period for a hip replacement can take between 3 to 6 months, but in some cases, it may last longer depending on your progress.

Assured Health Physiotherapy will also provide the patients with an exercise program which they can do at home and on the days that they are not attending physiotherapy sessions in the clinic.