If you are undergoing aBirmingham Hip resurfacing procedure, you probably have questions about rehabilitation and physical therapy. The Birmingham Hip procedure involves placing a new metal surface on your hipbone to slide against a metal socket surface. This procedure is longer lasting, ideal for active patients, less invasive and preserves more bone than traditional hip replacement.
Critical to the procedure’s success is an exercise program designed to facilitate smooth recovery after surgery. Usually, physical therapy starts a day or two after surgery and may include home-based exercises or aquatic forms of therapy. Examples of simple exercises include
- gluteal exercises
- ankle pumps
- knee extensions
- quadriceps sets
- heel slides
- leg lifts
- hip abduction
In order for your hip to function optimally and for you to enjoy improved strength, coordination and flexibility, the muscles involved in performing basic daily tasks, such as lying down, moving in bed and sitting up, need to be strengthened. Although these may seem like simple activities, it is vital to perform them correctly to prevent complications and further injuries. We can also help you attain the right form and technique for walking and using the stairs after surgery.
Additional benefits of physical therapy include monitoring your recovery and providing information about how you can get the most out of your surgery while preventing reinjury. If you qualify for a Birmingham Hip procedure, talk to us about how you can maximize the benefits of this relatively new, advanced surgery and regain flexibility and range of motion.