People with hip joint damage that causes pain and interferes with daily activities despite treatment may be candidates for hip replacement surgery. Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of this type of damage. However, other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic inflammatory disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling), osteonecrosis (the death of bone caused by insufficient blood supply), injury, fracture, and bone tumours also may lead to breakdown of the hip joint and the need for hip replacement surgery.
Manual soft tissue techniques and exercise recommended before hip replacement surgery: it’s significantly improves the perceptions of pain, stiffness, and functional ability.
Most patients begin exercising their hip the day after surgery as it can reduce stiffness and increase flexibility and muscle strength. A physiotherapist will teach you specific exercises to restore hip movement to allow walking and other normal daily activities soon after your surgery.
- A graduated walking program to slowly increase your mobility, initially in your home and later outside
- Education about reducing the stress on the hips