Your hip is the most important part in retaining balance and its primary function is to support the weight of the body in both static (e.g. standing) and dynamic (e.g. walking or running) postures.
A broken hip is a fracture in the upper portion of your thighbone or femur. A hip surgery is most often required to heal it. In addition, complications associated with a broken hip can be life-threatening.
Causal factors of hip surgery
Lack of dietary calcium leading to osteoporosis. Drink up your milk!
Lack of exposure to sunlight. Soak in the goodness of sun.
Lack of exercise. Even casual walks help to maintain calcium in bones.
Uncoordinated movements due to aging. This produces muscle imbalance and distribution of weight inappropriately.
Types of treatments
If you suspect a broken hip, seek medical attention immediately in order to avoid further complications. There are different kinds of treatments available which take the patient’s age and physical condition into consideration.
- Medication – Your doctor may prescribe specific pain medication to reduce discomfort.
- Surgery – The most common treatment is a hip replacement surgery that involves removal of the damaged part of the hip and putting an artificial hip part in its place.
- Physiotherapy – If you have had surgery, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help you recover faster post-surgery.
A hip surgery can leave you with an impaired ability to walk for a period of time which can lead to other conditions like bed sores, blood clots in legs or lungs, urinary tract infections and pneumonia.
If you’re an older adult, post-surgery care becomes all the more cumbersome due to the slower rate of recovery. This is where the role of physiotherapy plays a vital role in restoring the patient to a state of normal functions.
Benefits of physiotherapy post hip surgery
A successful total hip replacement surgery is only half the battle won. Physiotherapy rehabilitation is essential to maximize functionality and independence by building up strength in the muscles around the new joint. Also, it minimizes complications such as wound infection, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and hip dislocation.
Following the total hip replacement surgery, physiotherapy will be necessary for several weeks or even months, to bring back normal joint motion and strength in the patients.
Therapy begins almost immediately after surgery, sometimes while the patient is still in the hospital.
Coupling the total hip replacement surgery with physiotherapy doubles up the effectiveness of the surgery and benefits the patients in following ways:
Eventually, more exercises that add strength and endurance to the patient are included in the physiotherapy regime. Walking at a moderate speed, several times a day may also help.
Start with 5 minutes, and slowly work your way up to 20-30 minutes, several times a day. But do not forget to consult your physician or surgeon before getting down to it. The patient may use a cane if need be.
Whether you perform the prescribed exercises with a physiotherapist or on your own, it is necessary for the patient to remain as active as possible. And all of this to keep the new joint in fine fettle!
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