In a single year, 370,770 hip replacements were recorded in the U.S. By 2030, total hip replacements are expected to rise by 171 percent! Since first performed in 1960, total hip replacement surgery continues to improve and advance. Patients who have experienced an injury, arthritis, or other hip conditions may opt for a hip replacement when conservative options have been unsuccessful.
If you have been experiencing hip pain, discomfort, and forced absence from the activities you enjoy, it may be time to consider a hip replacement. You may still be thinking, however, “what activities can I do after hip replacement?”
If this sounds familiar, you have come to the right place! EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region has an entire team specifically dedicated to joint replacement. Our hip specialists and joint replacement experts come together to offer sophisticated, innovative surgical approaches. Our ultimate goal is to help you return to the activities you enjoy—safely and effectively!
Preparing for Activity Following a Hip Replacement
When conservative treatment methods fail to address pain, a total hip replacement may be required. Prior to surgery, an orthopedic physician may treat hip pain and discomfort with:
- Physical Therapy
- Activity Modification
Although it is common to express concern about remaining active after hip replacement, EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region has one main goal: To help you Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better. Almost all patients find that they are able to resume an active lifestyle following hip replacement surgery. They no longer have the pain and discomfort preventing them from doing the things they enjoy.
It is important to remember that full healing for hip replacement is an investment of your time. For most patients, early recovery is very quick, but it typically takes more time after that to strengthen muscles that had weakened and atrophied from arthritis over the years.
Even during the initial healing phase, however, physical activity is recommended. In fact, during early recovery orthopedic physicians generally recommend 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity two to three times a day. A physical therapist may assist in devising an exercise and stretching program.
What Activities Can I Do After Hip Replacement Surgery?
Studies are largely inconclusive regarding the return to high-impact, rigorous sports and activities. The durability of modern hip replacement materials is stronger, but as a rule, it is best to avoid higher-impact activity. Patients can still perform many of their favorite activities, and maybe adopt a few new favorites!
In addition to resuming many of the daily activities practiced prior to hip replacement, take a look at orthopedic activities recommended by orthopedic doctors:
Walking is gentle on the hip joints, helps prevent weight gain, and boosts your immune system. You can walk as far and as long as your feet will take you with your new hip(s).
Much like walking, swimming is a low-impact exercise that offers health benefits, without compromising the hip.
Once you get the go-ahead, your new hip is good to hit the greens! Research demonstrates that golf is a safe activity following hip replacement surgery recovery.
Many orthopedic physicians and physical therapists give the thumbs up for outdoor cycling after recovery from hip replacement. A stationary bike for gentle exercise may be recommended during initial recovery.
As long as you do not overdo it, activity on the tennis court can resume after your hip is fully healed. In general, doubles is less running than singles, and is preferred.
Maximize Your Recovery From Hip Surgery
At EmergeOrtho, we use the latest research combined with state-of-the-art technology to ensure safe, effective, and personalized treatment—which includes several hip replacement options!
If you have been dealing with pain and discomfort, but have put off hip replacement surgery. Do not sacrifice the quality of life you deserve! To learn more, self-schedule an appointment now. Or, call us any time at (919) 220-5255.