Recovering From Hip Surgery
While most people think of hip injuries for the old, like those suffering from osteoporosis, brittle bones, and are easily injured by falls, hip injuries can happen to anyone, especially you add sports or physical activity into the mix. During athletic activities, you are using your hip much more than the average person, often in a repetitive way. You are also more likely to fall or collide in a way that will damage an otherwise-healthy hip.
If you do develop a serious hip injury, you might need a hip replacement surgery. Only a professional will be able to determine this, and we can help. If you’re feeling any unusual pain in your hip, come and have us take a look at it.
What If You Do Need Hip Surgery?
Most doctors will try everything they can to heal your hip through medications and therapy before resulting to surgery. However, sometimes surgery is the best or only way to fully recover from an injury. While being on the receiving end of a major injury might be intense or frightening, a hip surgery will often be the best choice if you want to slow or stop the pain and get back to your regular life of movement and activity.
What Is the Recovery Period Like?
If you are used to an active and sporty life, the recovery period is often the most difficult. You will not be able to immediately jump into all your old activities. In fact, the recovery process can even take up to 6 months. It will be a slow, gradual, and painful process, but you will eventually get there.
Soon after the surgery (usually the day of or the day after), you will start physical therapy. At first it will be very simple exercises that will help you improve recovery and stay healthy without much movement. Soon you will start regaining motion and will be able to relearn how to use your new hip.
Luckily, you will soon be up on your feet working in physical therapy. While this is often a painful and frustrating process, at least you are up and moving. After a hip surgery, physical therapy is crucial in eliminating stiffness, regaining more motion and strength, and returning to your regular life. Learn to listen to your body and push it without pushing too hard.