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A Smooth Recovery After Hip Resurfacing

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.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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