hip replacement after effects

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Should there be rehabilitation for the other muscles associated with the repair of tissues involved in hip replacement surgery and, if so, what forms of rehabilitation are best? I am presently finding the muscles in my lower back are inflammed and frequently cramping. How long does this continue?

-- Gord McKay (nmckay@cnx.neet), May 20, 2001


Rehabilitation after hip replacements depends, in part, on the surgical approach. Some ways of doing the surgery may have a greater effect on the muscle strentgh than others. The main muscle group that is focused on are the abductors, these let you bring your leg to the side. Extensive physical therapy is not often needed, and everyday activities will strengthen the muscles. Typiically we do not focus on the back muscles. As your walking improves, your back may feel better. You can have your therapist show you back exercises and stretched. Be sure to discuss any exercises with your surgeon

-- Paul Khanuja,MD (DrKhanuja@cs.com), May 31, 2001.

You should also keep in mind that the pathology for which you underwent THA may be contributing to the back state.. For instance if you had undergone the procedure for ankylosing spondyilitis, it is very possible that your backache is attributable to that,and a THA will not make it better.

-- Maj (Dr)Suresh Kumar MS, DNb (anju_suresh@hotmail.com), June 25, 2001.

You should visit this website: http://www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/hip/hiprepqa.htm

-- Robert Toussie (Robert Toussie @aol.com), March 15, 2004.

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