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Hip Physical Therapy

Written by Andrew Sarski on January 13, 2011
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Why Hip Physical Therapy is Needed

Hip pain is an issue that many people face, especially following hip surgery. Severe hip pain can affect numerous aspects of a person’s comfort, including the ability to walk up and down the stairs, to pick up your child without pain and to bend at the waist without extreme effort. Symptoms of hip pain include: inability to walk comfortably, inability to bend the hip, swelling of the hip or thigh area, and pain that occurs at night or persists beyond a few days. Other common causes of hip pain include arthritis, tendonitis, osteonecrosis, lumbar pain, snapping hip syndrome, muscle strains and hip fracture. People who are not used to suffering from hip pain may not recognize the symptoms. Sometimes hip pain may be mistaken for lower lumbar pain, as in many cases the pain may originate in the back or spine. Typically, people who undergo hip surgery, including surgery to receive a hip implant, will be required to participate in hip physical therapy following the surgery in order to alleviate their pain and improve range of motion.

Pain and Complications of Hip Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, hip physical therapy can present a daunting task for someone who has undergone numerous surgeries, especially if they have received a revision hip surgery following the removal of a defective implant. A physical therapist will work with a patient, teaching him what kinds of exercises to do in order to restore muscle strength and mobility to the area, as well as how to stand, walk and sit without reinjuring the hip. Physical therapy following hip surgery can be a slow process. Most people require the aid of a walker at first, followed by crutches and then a cane. Hip physical therapy can last for any amount of time, depending upon the patient’s needs and the physical therapist’s expert opinion. Following hip surgery, a physical therapist will teach the patient how much pressure can be put on the hip and will inform him of the necessary restrictions to correct muscle weakness and to prevent the hip from dislocating. Generally, physical therapy following a hip revision surgery will be more intense; this surgery is typically more invasive and will create longer-lasting pain following the surgery.

Goals of Hip Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a practice intended to restore normal activity, motion and strength following an injury or surgery. Physical therapists use specialized stretches and exercises to manage major problem areas and help the body function with little to no pain. Physical therapy following a surgical procedure will be guided by the form of surgery, working the body and tailoring the exercises to suit the needs of the patient. Physical therapy is critical to the treatment and rehabilitation of any number of conditions that affect the hip, including hip pain following hip implant surgery. A person who has undergone hip replacement surgery will need physical therapy to to make the hip joint stronger, increase range of motion and mobility, improve quality of life and relieve persistent pain.

Legal Help for Defective Hip Implants

Hip implant surgery is complicated as it is; now patients may have to be concerned about the quality of implant they are receiving, even if it has been approved by the FDA. Product manufacturing companies are responsible for the safety of their products and should be held accountable for any injuries defective products may inflict upon consumers, including implant recipients. Hip physical therapy can be an extremely painstaking and painful endeavor, especially for someone who has just received a replacement hip surgery, subjecting the patient to even more pain and discomfort than the treatment following a primary joint replacement. People who receive hip surgery expect their implants to last for a good portion of their lives, for good reason. Unfortunately, recent data shows that this may not be the case. People who have suffered from a hip revision surgery and must now undergo physical therapy for treatment should consider how a lawsuit may benefit them. If you or a loved one has had this experience, contact a personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your injuries and a qualified lawyer can help.

Posted Under: Hip Implants, Product Injury
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