One of the most successful therapeutic measures in all of medicine and surgery today is total joint replacement. Hip replacement surgery is the most effective means to improve quality of life for someone whose hip is damaged by arthritis, a severe fracture or if the bone collapses due to other medical conditions. A hip replacement may be necessary when severe pain hinders daily activities. Common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a car are painful and difficult for people who need a hip replacement.
The hip is commonly referred to as a "ball and socket" joint. The hip connects the body's trunk to the legs through the pelvis. A major weight bearing joint, the hip is surrounded and held together by muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues. Cartilage is the material that cushions the ball and socket to allow for joint movement to be smooth and free. As arthritis of the hip area develops, the cartilage wears out, nerve endings become irritated and severe groin pain is present day and night. Morning stiffness also will be present. At that point it is time to consider surgical joint replacement.
For patients who will undergo a complete knee or hip replacement, the OrthoCare experience begins with prehab. In prehab, a patient learns about his/her total joint replacement procedure, realistic recovery goals and milestones. Also, any physician ordered testing such as x-rays or lab tests will be completed during prehab.
Patient progress is monitored with two tracking boards on the wall.
These tracking boards utilize shoe-shaped magnets to note advancements
in the post-surgery recovery process. The hallways are lined with
markers every 25 feet so patients can measure how far they have walked
and set goals for improvement.
During the first phase of recovery, the physical therapists, along with OLBH occupational therapists teach patients the skills needed to go home and continue recovery. In most cases, patients will walk the next day after surgery. Typically three days after surgery, patients either go home and receive assistance from OBLH Home Health professionals or they go to a rehabilitation facility for approximately one week.