Hip replacements are one of the most common types of orthopedic surgeries. Hip replacement surgery has been around since the early 1960s, and it is widely considered by orthopedic doctors as one of the safest surgical procedures. When other options have been exhausted, this type of surgery can be an effective remedy for advanced osteoarthritis, and help put you on the path to better physical health.
With hip replacement surgery, the actual procedure is only half the battle. Successful recovery is largely dependent on what happens after the surgery. Following the procedure, physical therapy will be required for several weeks (or even months) to restore normal joint motion and strength. Therapy begins almost immediately after surgery, while you are still in the hospital. The therapist will have you perform some simple exercises while you are in bed, so you can prevent blood clots and start to learn how to move those areas of your body again.
After being discharged from the hospital, therapy may continue for a while in a rehab center before you are sent home. You can resume your therapy at a clinic or you can opt for mobile physical therapy. Increasingly, hip replacement surgery patients are electing to have their therapy at home.
Here are some of the reasons mobile therapy can be beneficial for those recovering from hip replacement surgery:
Convenience: After coming home from the hospital, it can be a pain (literally) to get ready and drive to a physical therapy clinic. After hip replacement surgery, many patients are not in proper condition to drive themselves to their appointments. This means they are often forced to rely on family and friends to take them. With mobile physical therapy, there is no need for the patient to go anywhere, because the therapist comes to them.
Flexibility: Making appointments at the clinic means scheduling visits whenever there is an opening. In some clinics, this can mean having to schedule appointments several weeks out, and at times that are not always suitable for you. With mobile therapy, there are typically much more flexible scheduling options that can be customized to suit your needs.
Individualized Care: When you go into a clinic, you are typically one of several patients waiting and/or receiving therapy at the same time. This means the therapist is moving between rooms making sure each patient is doing his/her exercises. Mobile physical therapy eliminates this dynamic. With the sessions being conducted at home, you are the only patient the therapist is seeing. This means you not only receive personalized care, the therapist also has the ability to evaluate your living space and help you set it up in a way that is more conducive to speedy recovery.
Momentum: There is one essential factor in successfully recovering from hip replacement surgery; momentum. And to maintain your momentum, it is absolutely critical that you miss as few therapy appointments as possible. If you have to come to a clinic multiple times per week, there is a greater chance (because of not being able to find a ride and/or other factors) that you will not be able to make all your appointments. By making it much more convenient and flexible, mobile physical therapy means far fewer missed appointments, putting patients in the best possible position to succeed.