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Rehabilitation of Patients with Hip Replacement

The main purpose of total hip replacement is to relieve hip pain and recover the lost function and mobility of the joint. The postoperative functionality of the hip endoprosthesis is closely related to proper physical therapy.

A typical physical therapy program following hip replacement might include manual techniques to restore mobility and flexibility, isometric exercises for gluteal and hip muscles, isotonic exercises for the hip and the knee joint, progressive strengthening exercises, breathing exercises, exercises for balance and posture stability, gait control, occupational exercises.

In a recent study, the scores from the pain visual analog scale (VAS), the muscle strength test and the test for the movement volume of the hip joint showed that the outcome following complex rehabilitation program can result in a considerably faster recovery and ensures that patients reach optimal functional results.