Hip replacement and total hip replacement physiotherapy rehabilitation at home or at the practice in London following hip surgery
Our specialised orthopaedic physiotherapist has years of experience working with patients on total hip replacement rehabilitation. We aim to give our patients the most efficient exercises for a fast recovery.
Hip replacement and total hip replacement physiotherapy rehabilitation at home in London
After total hip joint replacement surgery, patients often start physiotherapy as soon as possible in order to speed up their recovery process. London Home Visit Physiotherapy offer rehabilitation treatment after the surgery at your home in London, as it will be difficult to walk following the surgery and your mobility will be limited.
After the initial period of rehabilitation, once you are able to walk again, treatment can take place at our practice, either in Moorgate near Liverpool Street Station and Moorgate Station, or Belgravia near Victoria Station.
If you travelled to have the surgery done by a specialist orthopaedic surgeon in London and you will be staying at a hotel or rented accommodation, our physiotherapist can visit you there.
The foundation for good total hip replacement rehabilitation by our London physiotherapist
Directly after the procedure, you might experience pain and oedema. Our physio can help you with pain management, using specific massage and can also help reduce swelling with lymphatic drainage and circulatory massage.
Once it is safe to do so, the physiotherapist will start using passive and active mobilisation techniques in order to regain full range of motion in the hip joint. They will also work with the patient on strengthening the hip muscles as well as the supporting muscles: quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteus medius. This is very important, as muscle strength is the key to hip stabilisation, which will give the patient the necessary strength to walk again properly.
The next step in the rehabilitation process is retraining to walk again, initially with crutches, then without. You will also learn how to go up and down the stairs safely again and what movements you need to avoid due to risk of dislocation. The physiotherapist will also start working on improving balance with proprioception techniques, in order to avoid falls and prevent injury in the future.
Physiotherapy exercises after hip replacement surgery
Patients are also prescribed rehabilitation exercises that can be done with the physio and between sessions. You will be given a home exercise program that will help strengthen the muscles around the buttock and thigh through controlled exercises.
What are the forbidden movements that the patient shouldn’t do after a total hip replacement surgery?
- Crossing the operated leg across the midline of the body (not crossing the leg over the other leg) due to risk of dislocating the replaced joint.
- Bending at the waist
- Lying on the non-operated side without a pillow between the legs. This is done to prevent the operated leg from crossing over the midline.
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More information about total hip replacement surgery
What is total hip replacement surgery?
Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which a painful hip joint with arthritis is surgically removed and replaced with an artificial joint often made from metal and plastic components. It is usually done as a last resort when no other treatment has provided adequate pain relief.
Hip replacement surgery can be performed by open surgery or by using a minimally invasive technique. The main difference between the two procedures is the size of the incision.
How long does the recovery from hip replacement surgery take?
Patients can usually return to normal life activities within one to six months.
Short-term recovery lasts four to six weeks and it involves being pain free and being able to walk around, initially with walking aids and eventually without.
Long-term recovery can take up to six months and it involves complete healing of the operated area, regaining strength to a normal level and returning to work and normal daily activities like before the surgery.
Pain management and rehabilitation with physiotherapy as described above will speed up the recovery and will help the patient return to normal activities sooner.