Hip Replacement Procedure

By Matt Paulus, MS, ATC, Site Coordinator

Hip Replacement Procedure

By: Matt Paulus, MS, ATC, Site Coordinator

Hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the diseased parts of your hip are removed
and replaced with new, artificial parts to relieve pain and improve function of the hip joint.
Most commonly, hip replacement surgery is done when your hip joint wears down due to
osteoarthritis. Other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, injury, and bone tumors can also
lead to breakdown of the hip joint.

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint that allows a wide range of motion, including sitting,
standing, and walking. During hip replacement surgery, which lasts about two to three hours,
the surgeon removes the diseased bone tissue and cartilage and replaces it with the new
parts, usually made of plastic or metal. The healthy parts of your hip are left intact. In the past,
hip replacement surgery was an option primarily for people over 60 years of age; however,
doctors have found that it can be very successful in younger people as new technology has
improved artificial parts, allowing them to withstand more stress and strain.

Patients are allowed only limited movement immediately after surgery, but within two days
after the procedure, therapists can teach the patient exercises that will improve recovery.
Usually, people don’t spend more than 10 days in the hospital after hip replacement surgery.
Full recovery usually takes three to six months, depending on the type of surgery, the overall
health of the patient, and the success of rehabilitation.

Several Approaches To Treating Hip Pain With JOI Physcial Therapy

Despite hip pain being a common complaint amongst all people, there are a few easy forms of physical therapy which can help. Exercises for core strength and stability are used to treat and prevent pain in the hips. Ergonomic education is instrumental in treating hip pain, as the source of most of the pain comes from how people sit and/or stand for long periods of time. Lastly and perhaps most importantly is keeping up with your health. Weight loss and a healthy BMI are always recommended in the treatment of hip pain.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045

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