Total Hip Replacement/Partial Hip Replacement
When the hip has suffered end stage osteoarthritis that significantly affects your ability to move and walk, a total hip replacement surgery may be needed. In a total hip replacement surgery, the socket of the hip joint and head of the leg bone (femur) are replaced. With a partial hip replacement, either the head of the femur or the socket of the hip is replaced.
By the time people undergo a total or partial hip replacement, they will likely already have suffered years of pain, leading to changes in their walking patterns, muscle strength and function. Physiotherapy before surgery can help the speed and quality of recovery after surgery, as well as help postpone the need for surgery.
How our physiotherapists can help
RehabMAX Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic is a community physiotherapy provider for Vancouver Coastal Health through its OsteoArthritis Service Integration System Program (OASIS). Under this arrangement, our clinic provides, without charge, post surgical rehabilitation for both hip and knee replacement patients for those who received their surgeries at UBC Hospital and Richmond Hospital but live in Surrey, and who have been referred through the OASIS program. However, our physiotherapists will also provide rehabilitation to all those who have received surgeries, regardless of which hospital they had their surgery.
After surgery, while still at the hospital, basic functions such as getting in and out of chairs and up and down stairs are addressed and simple range of motion and strengthening exercises are provided. After discharge from the hospital, it is very important to continue to work on improving your range of motion and strength. Our physiotherapists are here to guide you through the rest of the rehabilitation process by helping you restore your normal walking patterns, hip range of motion, strength, and balance while at the same time, help alleviate your pain. We will continue to reinforce safety precautions for your hip while you heal. Book an appointment today to find out how we can help you return to your normal activities pain free!