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3 Tips To Help Your Recovery After A Hip Replacement

Because it is one of the most used joints in the body, the hip joint experiences a great deal of wear and tear throughout a person's life. In addition, certain conditions, such as sports, hobbies, or jobs that require constant use of the hip joint can increase the risk of injury or the development of arthritis, which can wreak havoc on the hip joint even further. Fortunately, a hip replacement is an effective procedure for restoring function and reducing pain of the joint. If you are undergoing a hip replacement, here are a few tips to help guide you through recovery.

Be Patient

There are many people who feel they can jump right up out of bed after their surgery and return to normal activities. It is important to be realistic about your recovery. Discuss how long it normally takes to restore motion after the surgery with your doctor and be patient during your recovery process.

Although everyone is different, an estimated 6 to 12 weeks will be necessary for your successful recovery. Most patients are able to return to their normal everyday activities during this time.

Manage Pain

A hip replacement is an invasive surgery, so you will experience some discomfort, swelling, and even more involved pain during your recovery. Again, this discomfort is normal, but you should not let it prevent you from following through on your successful recovery.

Your doctor will most likely prescribe medications to manage your pain, which should be taken as directed. You will mainly take anti-inflammatory medications, which reduce swelling and inflammation while reducing your pain. You should also consider using ice packs, which numb the joint and increase blood circulation through the body to aid in your recovery.

Exercise is also an important part of your pain management. Even though you may feel moving is impossible, light exercise with the help of your physical therapist will improve your strength, restore your new hip's function, and reduce inflammation and pain.

Strengthen Body

Your surgeon will ask you to complete a few exercises, with the help of a physical therapist, before you even leave the hospital. Once you do go home, you should continue exercising with a physical therapist on a set schedule. Exercises will start off simple at first. You may be asked to stand and walk at first. Each day, you should be able to walk longer and faster with less discomfort and pain. Other low-impact exercises may also be recommended. Stretches and swimming are both great options to consider after your hip replacement.

You'll need to find an orthopedic rehabilitation service to help you with the physical therapy aspects of your recovery.