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Walking After Hip Replacement

Precautions to Take After Hip Replacement

JAN 6 2010

Walking after hip replacement is possible but this should be done after consulting the doctor. The main aim of the surgery is to enable the patient to walk properly as before without any pain and to make the hip joint work better than before. But a number of precautions need to be taken after hip replacement.

Hip Replacement surgery is primarily done to remove the damaged and diseased part of the hip and thereby to replace them with the man made parts.

Who all go for Hip Replacement

Basically hip replacement is done on those patients who suffer from Osteoarthritis in the hip joint; an injury in the hip, Rheumatoid arthritis, bone tumour which might have broken the hip joint. But in all the cases the aim is to ease out the pain and enable the patient to move properly as before.

Walking after hip replacement can be difficult for the patient. But it is very much encouraged by the doctors so that a continuous movement is made or else the muscles will atrophy. The patient should not limit his walks and should even continue with the exercises but only after consulting the doctor under whom he is undergoing treatment or the physical therapist.

Precautions after Hip Replacement

After the surgery when the patient is still undergoing treatment the doctor may advise the patient to start walking but with the help of some support like crutches, stick or a cane. A complete exercise program is followed in order to allow proper movement of the hip. You may be asked to do only little work at home so as not to put burden on the hip, and also to keep your arms free in order to balance and use the crutches. It is possible that jogging or playing various kinds of sports can be a big no for you, months after the surgery, since they may damage or loosen the new hip.

You may be asked to do walking, cycling, swimming or cross country skiing but in accordance with the instructions of the therapist. You need to be particularly careful about the weight you are able to pick up since that will have a direct bearing on the hip.

Your therapist will in fact tell you how you need to walk with the help of crutches and perform everyday functions like sitting, cooking, gardening etc. You will be under a complete rehabilitation program which will enable you to gain strength and motion in performing day to day activities like climbing stairs, bending. You can resume your normal lifestyle after a period of about six to seven months, but still it is important that you keep in touch with your doctor.
But at all costs you need to avoid lots of twisting and side to side stress as it may cause wear of the new hip. You should begin with short walks initially to see how you feel.

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