If you are considering having a hip replacement or have just had one, know that surgery is just the first step. Your surgeon may have done a fine job, but this doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to use your hip as you did before. Physical therapy is important for complete recovery, strength, and a full range of motion once your hip joint begins to heal. Our physical therapists are excited to help you achieve this in the shortest time possible. Contact us today and request an appointment with one of our physical therapists.
Hip replacement surgery is a procedure performed to replace damaged parts of the hip or the total hip joint with artificial parts made from metal or plastic. It is usually performed to relieve chronic hip pain caused by arthritis. Although, other conditions such as injury to the hip may require a replacement. Hip replacement surgery is the last resort when other treatment plans for hip pain have been ineffective.
The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The femur (thigh bone) has a ball at its’s upper end which is called the femoral bone. The socket is part of the pelvis bone, and it’s called the acetabulum. As the ball moves in the socket, this allows you to rotate your legs and move them sideways, forward, or backward. The surfaces of the socket and the ball are covered with a tissue called the articular cartilage. This tissue prevents the bones from rubbing against each other. Another thin tissue called the synovial membrane produces fluid that lubricates the cartilage and reduces friction.