Hip Replacements – How to Prevent, Prepare and Recover
Hip replacements seem to be becoming increasingly common in the Alfreton area, with many patients choosing to supplement their NHS physiotherapy with our expertise at the clinic.
Currently 1.3 people in every 1,000 will undergo a hip replacement operation, and more than 1.2 million are carried out each year worldwide.
The biggest risk factors for needing a hip replacement are age and arthritis, with 85% of people having a hip replacement, also having osteoarthritis.
In terms of gender, women have a higher risk of needing a hip replacement (58%) compared with men (42%).
Hip replacement surgery in patients aged 45-54 has also doubled in the past 10 years.
So what can we do, to reduce the risk of needing a hip replacement?
Physical activity helps. Running decreases your risk of developing osteoarthritis by 18% and as osteoarthritis is present in 85% of people who undergo a hip replacement, this has a knock-on effect in reducing your risk of needing a hip replacement by 35-50%.
And if you’re not up for running that’s OK, walking can also reduce the risk of needing hip surgery, although by a smaller percentage (23%).
Almost half of the protective effective of being physically active comes from weight control. The higher your BMI, the greater your risk of needing a hip replacement.
And what can you do if you’re already experiencing hip pain?
If you need a hip replacement then the sooner you have it, the better the outcome is likely to be and the quicker you will recover from your operation.
This is because the more pain you suffer prior to having surgery, the more compensations and adaptations the muscles and soft tissues will have made around the joint, in an effort to try and protect it and you from that pain, and the harder that will be to re-train once you’ve had the operation.
That’s not to say it can’t be done, it will just take a bit longer and need a bit more of an investment in your time and energy.
The good news is that outcomes from hip replacements are very good. Developments in materials and surgical techniques, mean that the artificial hips are lasting longer, and success rates are very good, with more than 80% of people experiencing pain relief and functional improvement, meaning their daily lives become easier and they’re able to do more.
What can you do to ensure the best possible outcome from hip surgery?
The answer is LOTS! And all of it can be provided by your local physio here at Alfreton Physiotherapy Clinic
We can help you by—
- Answering your questions about the hip replacement procedure
- Preparing you for the surgery with specific exercises.
- Advising you on The Dos and Don’ts Following Hip Surgery
- Providing you with a personalised exercise programme after the surgery to enhance your recovery.
Tim's Top Tip
Its unfortunately the case that many people have their operation and are disappointed by the lack of physiotherapy afterwards to maximise their recovery. If you're not getting what you need, we can help and provide the expert care that you deserve. "Getting You Better Faster"
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