Reduced mobility following hip surgery
Hip surgery of any kind can be painful and can cause mobility problems long after surgery has been completed. Surgical procedures include:
-Total or partial hip replacement
-Dynamic hip screw
Recovery will differ for each type of surgical procedure. Your consultant will advise you on healing times, positioning in bed, weight bearing status and return to activities like driving.
Your gait pattern may be affected due to the surgery, as pain is the most common complaint. It will also depend on the muscle strength before and after surgery.
You may be given a variety of different walking aids to help with mobility and recovery. Always ensure you use the equipment as prescribed and that it is at the correct height, as this will affect your gait pattern.
It is useful to know when you can take full weight on your leg and try to do so as soon as possible to avoid getting into bad habits. Some helpful tips include listening to your steps. Equal steps means there is equal weight on each leg. If you limp, it means you are probably taking less weight on the operated leg.
Silver Physio can help with mobility issues and returning to normal activities like showering or bathing following hip surgery. Please contact us an assessment and further advice. To arrange a home visit and get your rehab started ASAP, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 020 3637 8988.