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Exercises To Eliminate The Limp After Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement: surgery in which the diseased ball and socket of the hip joint are completely removed and replaced with artificial materials. A metal ball with a stem (a prosthesis) is inserted into the femur (thigh bone) and an artificial plastic cup socket is placed in the acetabulum (a "cup-shaped" ...Read more
Walking and stairs: The muscles you want to strengthen most are those that move your hip and also stabilize the hip replacement. Walking and stairs are the easiest things to do in the beginning. This should not be painful but may be uncomfortable depending on how long ago the surgery was. Standing with something to help you balance and lifting the leg to the side in a scissor like movement will help as well. ...Read more
Ask your doctor: I posit you'll be able to do many of the same activities you did before the hip surgery, if not more since you are not in pain, I hope. But you should always ask your surgeon before doing anything to make sure your body and procedure heal so you avoid complications. ...Read more
Most: If you were healthy otherwise before the hip replacement, and assuming the surgery went well, you can do most things you properly train for. I have hip replacement patients who have hike the appalachian trail, cycle competitively and swing dance 3 nights a week. The nfl, nhl, and nba may be out, though. ...Read more
PT consult: Is necessary for a comprehesive rehabilitation program. Most will start with gentle, passive range of motion coupleled with ultrasound or heat treatments. No vigorous walking, lifting, bending or aerobics until cleared by PT. ...Read more
Weakness: Assuming that all else (leg lengths equal and no nerve injury) is ok the most common reason for limp is weakness, especially of the abductor muscles. These muscles move the hip out to the side away from the body. A physical therapist can design a program to strengthen these muscles. ...Read more
What you need is to-: -have strong ABductors of the hip as well as stretching the flexors and extensors of the hip. This is not something you can do in a short time. A proper exercise routine must be set up for your needs & abilities, & it takes months to do this. If your surgery is soon, nothing will make this happen rapidly. ...Read more
What exercises help after having a hip replacement in 2008 due to limping for 15 years followed by hip revision in 2012 due tometal on metal?
Don't run: Depending on a number of factors including the surgical approach used, whether the leg was lengthened and differences among patients you can expect to have some limp for several months after hip replacement surgery. These replacements were not made for the impact of running and I strongly advise my patients to avoid those types of impact activities which will shorten implant life. ...Read more
After total hip replacement, what should be the exercises to do to rehabilitate? Would you recommend water exercises? How much time after surgery?
Varies: You would want to check with your surgeon. Most of the time you do need to limit your activities to some degree, particularly if you have a press fit hip in which bony ingrowth is needed to provide long term stability of the implant. For a period of time you also need to be careful not to put yourself in a position in which you might dislocate your hip. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Had hip replacement on the 17th. Did regular exercises and walked twice for a short distance. Now my site is swollen and sore. Overdoing? Ice help?
What is a proper exercise for me? I had lots of issues with chronic pain due to hip replacement and osteoarthritis in my joints. I take medication for
Manage OA: Walking is an excellent exercise if one suffers with osteoarthritis. Progression of OA can be generally minimized by losing weight, performing light weight training and low impact cardiovascular exercise (elliptical, exercise bike). Glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation can help to rebuild lost cartilage as well. ...Read more
14 yrs after total hip replacement and bone grafting of the pelvis still in low/high levels of discomfort every day. Exercise is not helping, ?
Pain after THR: You should see an orthopaedic surgeon to rule out infection or loosening. ...Read more
Would a nanny job be hard on me if I've had 2 hip replacement and a knee surgery 2 yrs ago or would it be easier cause of more exercise? I sit too much
Exercise: Exercise is generally a good thing. You could continue your NSAID medications and start slowly and gradually increase your work time. If you slowly get stronger with low impact exercise, you should be able to handle the nanny job well. ...Read more
What non surgical releif is there in lieu of hip replacement? I have pain in my left leg after I stand up. When I walk many times I limp. One dr. Said my hip cartilege is gone after she looked at the xray. But my MRI showed spinal nuerosis.
Preop hip: Eat healthy, don't go on a diet, stop smoking if you smoke, get your blood levels checked and treat any underlying anemia, have yourself checked for staphylococcus colonization and get decolonized as needed, use hibiclens wipes, clean up your house to make sure its safe when you get home. ...Read more
See a specialist: The first thing you should do is talk to your orthopaedic surgeon and tell him or her the problem you are having. If you are unable to get the answers you need there, you need to seek a 2nd opinion. Find an orthopaedic surgeon, who specializes in adult reconstruction. University health systems are a good place to start. You'll need new x-rays and an infection work-up for evaluation & treatment. ...Read more
An artificial hip: The hip joint consists of a ball and socket formed of bone and cartilage. The diseased bone is removed and a new ball and socket, usually made out of metal and plastic is inserted surgically. The new hip, while mechanical, works in a manner very close to a normal hip joint. ...Read more
Possible: Some patients experience a local tissue reactionto the metal on metal implant not seen with other implant combinations. Other patients can have pain due to metal debri esp. If there is damage to the polished surface. All hip replacemens can hurt from loosening, infection and stress reactions to name a few. ...Read more
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