A hip replacement is a common type of surgery where a damaged hip joint is replaced with a prosthetic implant.
Hip replacement surgery is usually necessary when the hip joint is worn or damaged so that your mobility is reduced, and you experience pain even while resting.
Commonly the need for joint replacement surgery is due to a fractured hip or arthritis, but other reasons may include Rheumatoid arthritis, or septic arthritis.
Joint replacement surgery
Hip replacement surgery is usually done either under general anaesthetic (you’re asleep throughout the procedure), spinal anaesthetic or epidural (you’re awake but have no feeling from the waist down).
The upper part of your thigh bone (femur) is removed and the natural socket for the head of your femur is hollowed out.
A socket is fitted into the hollow in your pelvis. A short, angled metal shaft (the stem) with a smooth ball on its upper end (to fit into the socket) is placed into the hollow of your thigh bone (femur). The cup and the stem are fixed with bone “cement”.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy is an important part of your rehabilitation following joint replacement surgery.
Physiotherapy can help recovery by:
- Providing support and guidance once you have been discharged home
- Specific exercise program to help strengthen the muscles around the hip
- Progress walking and advise on walking aids
- Advise on safety in the home
Where do we cover?
NTRehab physiotherapy service offers home visits for patients who have mobility problems following joint replacement surgery, a fall or hospital admission.
We cover a wide geographical area, including:
- Sutton Coldfield
- Leamington Spa
- and surrounding areas
Want to know more?
If you or a loved one has recently had joint replacement surgery and is in need of specialist physiotherapy to aid recovery, get in touch with us today.
Some of Our Specialist Physiotherapists …
Jinny qualified as a Physiotherapist over 20 years ago and has spent the last 16 years specialising in adult orthopaedics and elderly Care.
She has extensive experience with a wide range of conditions, including elective post-operative and trauma.
Jinny covers Aldridge, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, and surrounding areas.
Suzie is a senior Physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience. She has excellent skills in community-based rehabilitation, including helping people who have experienced falls.
Suzie covers areas in and around Leamington Spa, Nuneaton and surrounding areas.