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Physical therapy after hip replacement.

Physio Vital stands for modern physical therapy. In our physical therapy practice, the focus is on orthopedic rehabilitation. This means that we treat injuries to tendons, muscles, bones and/or joints. Sometimes nerves are indirectly involved. We make the treatment plan as transparent as possible so you understand where you stand. Our approach consists of a combination of the latest scientific insights combined with years of expertise in the field of injury treatment. Within these frameworks, we offer an exclusive service and there is always room for personal preference. Our treatment is designed to give people back their autonomy over their bodies. Fysio Fitaal Tilburg consists of a team of experts with a passion for physiotherapy and always goes for a sustainable result. 

Currently, we have three locations. Our first physical therapy practice is located in Tilburg Center, at Veldhovenring 57. Our second location is located in Tilburg Reeshof, at Spaubeekstreet 89 at the Basic-Fit gym. Our third location is located in a health center in Tilburg West, at the Professor Verbernelaan 35-D.


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Rehabilitating with a new hip

When various treatments no longer have the desired effect, total hip replacement is an option. The joint is often replaced in its entirety with a prosthesis. The muscle strength and mobility of the joint is often reduced due to osteoarthritis and surgery. A quick start to rehabilitation is very important for the recovery of these functions. The therapists at Fysio Fitaal will teach you how to strengthen the muscles around the hip and how to regain mobility in the joint. They also look at how you can best perform your daily activities. Most people can walk again without crutches after 6 weeks. After that, the pain in the hip will continue to decrease. The condition will gradually increase again and walking will become easier and easier. An average rehabilitation of new knee or hip takes 3-9 months.

A hip replacement aims to: 

  • Reduce the pain 
  • Improve quality of life 
  • Increasing mobility in the hip
  • Being able to walk normally
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The longevity of a hip replacement

When the symptoms only increase and you are too restricted in your daily life, a hip replacement may offer a solution. These complaints in the hip are often the result of osteoarthritis. With a new hip, you will regain more freedom of movement and the symptoms will decrease. Normally, an artificial hip will last at least 15 years. How long it will last depends on several factors:

  • the physical condition
  • body weight
  • activity level of the person

If you put too much strain on the artificial hip, the prosthesis may not last as long. Thanks to these surgical techniques, many people have regained a better and more active life. In more than 90% of all cases, recognizable pain is no longer present after surgery. The hip prosthesis is designed to mimic the function and anatomy of the hip as closely as possible.


The operation

There is usually a choice between general anesthesia or regional anesthesia using an epidural. The operation takes about 1.5 hours. First, the original hip socket is cleaned and damaged structures are removed. Then a plastic socket is placed in the socket of the hip. As a replacement for the hip cup, a metal pin is placed in the upper leg to which the new cup is attached. Thus, the joint is replaced in its entirety, both the socket and the head of the hip. After the placement of the hip, the surgeon tests the mobility of the hip. antibiotics are given before surgery to minimize the risk of bacterial infection. After surgery, you stay for a while to check that everything is going well. In most cases, you may go home the same day or the morning after.

The general physical condition

A pre-operative exercise program can help you avoid complications. This follows the BiBo concept. Better in, Better out. The fitter you go into surgery the faster the recovery, the less the risk of complications. Smoking negatively affects the blood flow and quality of connective tissue. So it can be detrimental to wound healing as well as further recovery. If you are overweight, it is advisable to lose some weight to minimize unnecessary stress on the hip after surgery.

Tips for immediately after surgery
  • Keep moving. See if you can already manage to take a little walk with the crutches every hour for 3-10 minutes.
  • Place the leg high to allow the swelling to go down.
  • Do not sit with the leg down for too long. This can cause a lot of pressure in the hip.
  • Practice much bending stretching of the hip. Being able to bend quickly to 90 degrees is necessary for further therapy on an exercise bike, for example.
  • You may just take support on the leg with the help of your crutches. Do not be afraid to strain. Unless otherwise directed by the hospital.
  • The hip may be reactive for an extended period of time. This means that a reaction to strain is normal. An example is temporarily more symptoms because you did a little more in the morning, for example. Get well again!
  • For the first 6 weeks it is not usual to drive a car. The wound is still recovering and can reopen with a quick unexpected movement. Also, it is not convenient insurance-wise should you cause damage to yourself or others.
  • In case of fever, redness or irritation of the wound call the hospital to be sure.
  • Redness and shining of the calf along with cramping can be a sign of thrombosis. Keep a close eye on this.
  • At the dentist, always indicate that you have a joint prosthesis. This is because of the increased risk of infection.
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The first phase

In the first 6 weeks, the prosthesis should begin to grow in. High-speed movements should be avoided. The scar may remain somewhat sensitive for the next few weeks to months. A blue discoloration of the leg, swelling and pain may be present. Pain relief is therefore recommended. Because you move less along with the side effects of surgery is you will be given medication to prevent thrombosis.

The next steps

Successful rehabilitation consists of several stages and steps. Good strength, stability and control of the hip is necessary to safely perform your daily activities again. During rehabilitation, you will visit the physical therapist an average of 2-3 times a week. The first phase of rehabilitation will focus on restoring hip mobility and gait. After that, the focus will be on the strength of the muscles around the hip. How long the rehabilitation will take often depends on several factors and therefore cannot be said in advance. However, there are guidelines available on the goals to be achieved:

  • Within 4 weeks with 1 crutch
  • Within 6 weeks without crutches
  • Driving again after 6 weeks
  • Cycling outside again after 4 months
Physio Vital & Vive Living

With Vief Living we want to provide people with symptoms of osteoarthritis with strength and knowledge to regain control of their own health and freedom in life.

We focus entirely on the treatment of knee and hip osteoarthritis in Tilburg along with rehabilitation after knee or hip replacement surgery. Vive life believes in a better approach in Physical Therapy treatment of osteoarthritis related complaints. With our unique method we want to provide people with strength and knowledge to regain control of your situation this way.

View here the website of vief life.

Rehabilitation from hip replacement takes an average of 6-9 months. During rehabilitation, there will always be small and sometimes large setbacks on your path. Especially in certain phases, it will be slower than you thought beforehand. Patience is necessary. Our specialists will guide and motivate you as much as possible during this process. Fysio Fitaal works with specialists in the field of rehabilitation after surgery and osteoarthritis related complaints. Through this combination of expertise, extensive facilities and passion for physiotherapy you have come to the right place.

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