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Hip Replacement Physiotherapy
replacement surgery can be an elective or emergency surgery that happens due to the hip joint having problems such as
Patients may have total hip replacement or hemi (half) hip replacement surgeries. Most of the time, our physiotherapy patients who undergo hip
replacement surgery are usually after a fall, landing on the buttocks,
causing a bone fracture of the hip.
The Indications with hip replacement?
Hip replacement surgery is
usually used to treat hip joints that are damaged due to
The main goals for surgical intervention is primarily:
- pain relief
- improve hip movement
- improve quality of life (QoL)
Patients who have a hip fracture or injury and who decide to rest in bed have very poor prognosis, outcomes and quality of life because it compromises their lung functions, movement and participation in their daily life.
Sometimes, the orthopedic doctor may prescribe pre-surgery physiotherapy to help patient improve their muscle strength, stamina and stability, and overall fitness because that will improve their post-surgery clinical outcomes (studies show that patients who are more fit before injury/surgery heal and discharge much faster than those who were less fit/healthy).
hip replacement Techniques
Employed By orthopedic Surgeons
a few techniques for hip replacement surgeries, and their main differences are
the approach. They are:
- posterior (Moore)
- lateral (Hardinge or Liverpool)
- antero-lateral (Watson-Jones)
- anterior (Smith-Petersen)
If you’re wondering which is best, don’t - just leave that to
the doctors; they are the orthopedic specialists – they will evaluate the damage and location of your hip
joint and bones, your lifestyle, their implant options and your financing
options, and prescribe you what best suits you.
there is one approach that you can take note of, which is the Minimally
invasive approach; which seeks to limit and reduce the amount of soft
tissue damage to minimizing the size of the cuts and incisions.
The downside for this approach is that it may
limit positioning, which in turn limits visualization and accuracy, which is
not a very good trade-off, for mobility and functional results. As more
research and development looks at this approach, more and more technology will
be developed to aid and perhaps this approach will be a more viable approach
Complications Of Hip Replacement surgeries
common risks and complications are:
- dislocation of the replaced hip joint
- loosening of the replaced hip joint
- impingement of nerves/soft tissue
- infection of the hip joint, surgery site
- metal sensitivity
- pain (some is expected post surgery, and it will gradually improve over time)
For Patients With Hip Fractures
corrective surgery for hip fracture, patient always have resultant
- decreased mobility (usually due to pain especially just after surgery)
- muscle and overall weakness
- difficulty walking and moving around
- in some cases, compromised lung function and will benefit from chest physiotherapy
Physiotherapy provides chest physiotherapy exercises, to ensure that the lungs
and chest functions remains strong, to prevent any onset of chest infections
which facilitates healing; and gradually, to improve the mobility of the
patient by first teaching and doing with the patient bed exercises, to
exercises out of bed, and gradually to walking with aids (if required) then to
In between, our senior physiotherapists will work to improve
- pain relief
- range of
- strengthening exercises
Occupational therapy implication, on the other hand, looks at
functional, day to day tasks –
- they will ensure that when the patient
discharges to go home, they will be able to perform activities such as wearing
their own clothings (pants and underpants), showering etc
- that their homes will be safe and
accessible (we might have to send our senior occupational therapist to do a home
visit and recommend any changes required for a safe discharge)
caregivers to be competent in walking and doing activities with the patient
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Phoenix Rehab physio Services
Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist
physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly
trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of
expert care to our patients.
PHYSIOTHERAPY & PHYSICAL THERAPY
HAND THERAPY & SPLINTING
Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
(sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand
following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.
Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes
CLINICAL PILATES & WELLNESS PILATES
Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on
- core stability
- flexibility and
It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries
You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
DEEP TISSUE RELEASE & SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood
flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to
- accelerate recovery and
- shorten downtime / recovery period required
It also prevents
muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle
Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.
All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).
See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.
At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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