Total Hip Replacements

Therapy after a total hip replacement surgery can be frightening, but the physical therapists at Specialized Physical Therapy make it their goal to make your road to recovery a relaxed and successful experience.


Symptoms

Hip osteoarthritis and pain are contributing factors that contribute to having a total hip replacement. After a total hip replacement, pain, stiffness, swelling, redness, and bruising are common symptoms. However, redness, swelling, tenderness and/or pain throughout the calf when walking or to the touch are serious symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention.


Causes

The most common cause of a total hip replacement is hip osteoarthritis. A total hip replacement involves placement of a metal or ceramic stem into the femur, an attachment of a metal or ceramic ball to the end of the stem to act as the new head of the femur. The socket is replaced by a metal, ceramic, or plastic covering.


Diagnosis

Your physical therapist will first take a history of your symptoms, including questions to understand your pain pattern, history of symptoms, how your symptoms affect your function throughout the day, and your goals. Next, your therapist will perform a thorough examination of your hip mobility, strength, muscle flexibility, scar healing and skin integrity, and ability to perform functional activities (such as walking or climbing up/down stairs). Your physical therapist will also ask to look at your casual and work shoes to assess its support for your foot. Performing a comprehensive evaluation will help the therapist to understand the cause of the symptoms and how to treat it.

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