SOMA Living April 2024



People often undergo total hip replacement due to painful conditions like arthritis, severely limiting mobility and daily activities. Hip replacement is a last resort when medications, physical therapy, and assistive devices fail to relieve pain. The procedure significantly eases discomfort and improves walking. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the primary reasons for this surgery. Osteonecrosis, another critical condition, happens when blood flow to the joint is blocked, leading to bone death and making the joint prone to damage. Injuries, hip impingement, dysplasia, and tumors also necessitate hip replacement. Patients considering surgery may undergo pre-op physical therapy to enhance outcomes, although practices vary. Minimally invasive hip replacement, performed through small incisions with specialized tools, typically results in less pain and quicker recovery. Techniques include lateral, posterior, or the direct anterior approach, with the latter often leading to easier recovery due to less muscle disturbance. Not all patients qualify for this less invasive option. Rehab begins immediately post-surgery, focusing on early mobility and transitioning to outpatient therapy. The goal is normalizing gait, progressing from walkers to minimal support, and building leg strength. Key precautions include avoiding certain leg movements to prevent dislocation. Treatments may use ice and electrical stimulation to reduce pain and improve function.

South Orange Rehabilitation & Wellness We provide professional, individualized and effective physical therapy. Our health and wellness interventions promote healthy living and enhanced quality of life for all athletes and patients.

Specializing in: • Post Surgical Knee & Shoulder • Spinal Decompression for Herniated and Bulging Discs • Cold Laser to Increase Healing (973) 761-0077 177 Valley Street, South Orange, New Jersey 07079

Dr. Daniel Roig South Orange Rehab Wellness 973-761-0077



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