Hip Pain After Hip Replacement Surgery

By Western Berks on March 21st, 2016

Hip Pain After Hip Replacement Surgery - Western Berks Physical Therapy

Hip Pain After Hip Replacement Surgery

Depending on how recently your surgery was performed, hip pain after hip replacement surgery could be quite normal. Up to 6 weeks after surgery, you can still expect discomfort at night and when you move about, although it should not stop you from performing most activities of daily living. Keep in mind that hip pain can be minimized by diligently following your surgeon’s specific instructions about what you can and cannot do in the first few weeks after surgery.

To aide in the healing process, a program of physical therapy exercises, begun immediately after surgery, is a critical component of hip replacement rehabilitation. To help you slowly increase your activity and restore your mobility, a walking program and hip-strengthening exercises are advised.

At the 6-week point, hip pain should have reduced to the point where, with a cane, you can walk a fairly long distance without much discomfort. Walking, however, does not substitute for the exercises prescribed by your physical therapist or surgeon. If you need help in continuing to perform the exercises after 6 weeks, we can evaluate your program in consultation with your surgeon.

Until at least 8 weeks have passed, avoid bending excessively (picking anything up from the floor, for instance) or sitting in chairs without arms (arms give you something to lean on as you rise). While being too active too quickly can cause pain, walking, swimming (after your wound is completely healed), dancing, and bicycling on a stationary bike or on level surfaces can help increase your strength, flexibility and endurance.

An ideal hip replacement rehabilitation takes at least 6 months and involves dedication and work from the patient. Maintaining an exercise program exactly as prescribed by Western Berks Physical Therapy, a leading provider of physical therapy in Reading PA, will speed up your recovery and alleviate any residual pain.