A hip is causing you trouble in terms of mobility and comfort, and surgery is your best option for moving forward. Undergoing surgery of any kind is a big step, and you want to make sure you get the most out of the effort.
While our hip specialist, Dr. Brian White, and the team here at Western Orthopaedic can do our part in correcting the problem in your hip surgically, the steps you take through physical therapy afterward are equally as important.
Here’s a look.
Moving right after surgery
It used to be that after any surgery, you were kept as still as possible to allow the healing process to begin. We’ve changed our thinking quite a bit, and now we promote enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), which means we want you to move as soon as you’re able.
Allowing your body to move helps your recovery in many ways, including:
- Maintaining your muscle tone
- Allowing healing resources to flow more freely
- Improving your breathing
- Avoiding problems related to hospital stays (infections, bed sores, etc.)
While we’ve outlined the physical benefits of ERAS, the mental and emotional benefits are also great as you spend less time “infirm” and more time in active recovery.
After your hip surgery, implementing ERAS is especially important in helping you regain your mobility as quickly as possible. To that end, we send in a physical therapist who helps you get up and take your first steps, giving your improved hip a trial run.
The therapist continues to work with you while you’re in the hospital so that, when you leave, you’re more comfortable on your feet.
Recovering through physical therapy
Once you’re back home after your hip procedure, physical therapy continues to play an important role. The overriding goal of physical therapy is to improve your quality of life, which we accomplish by:
- Helping you to use, and then graduate from, an assistive device
- Strengthening your hip
- Maintaining good range of motion
- Improving function
Our physical therapy is custom tailored to your unique needs and goals. For example, if you have a house full of stairs, we may concentrate on that area a little more.
Physical therapy helps push you, but reins you in at the same time. In creating a balanced and sensible approach to regaining function in your hip, we ensure that every step you take is a solid one.
If we haven’t convinced you of the benefits of physical therapy after hip surgery, consider this — it can help you reach your postsurgical goals more quickly.
To learn more about the benefits of physical therapy after hip surgery, contact one of our offices in Denver or Arvada, Colorado, to schedule an appointment with Dr. White.