2.5 Million Americans are Living with an Artificial Hip
In 2014 there was a 123 percent increase in hip replacements for patients age 45-64.
The technology gets better every year. And once you're over the healing hump, getting back to the life you longed for can be easy--or not.
The bones have healed, and all the rest of the tissues have knitted, but you will most likely be stuck in some of the movement patterns that you subconsciously learned while your old hip went down hill. Did that take 5 years or 30?
Previously useful movement habits need to change. What can you do about it?
This is the #1 reason to get Physical Therapy after a hip replacement. If the first round of PT doesn't get you where you want to be, advocate for another round. Don't be cowed by a physician who says you don't need it if you feel that you do. After my first hip replacement in 1986, my back went "out" from the change in my leg length, and my doctor refused to prescribe PT, saying, "PT will just make you feel better, not heal you." I took a little trip from despair to determination and talked with my OB-GYN who gave me a prescription for PT. And that got my mojo back!
Get into the water. Water exercise in which you're standing so you have some stability, and moving against water (preferably a warm pool: 92-94 degrees) is one of the best rehab exercises you can do. Of course, check with your doctor to be sure you're ready for this. Remember to walk backward and sideways as much as you move forward in order to work against resistance on all sides.
So find a pool in your area and go! Make it there 3 days a week.
A little push several times a day is better than one big challenge, especially early on. Your goal is increased strength, range and ease of movement, and decreased pain. If you push yourself into too much pain or exhaustion, and without a PT to motivate and guide you, you will back off or worse, stop and assume this is as good as it gets. So decide on a small goal that you will do repeatedly. It makes a difference.
Walk. Walk. Walk.
THIS IS NOT AS GOOD AS IT GETS.
I know, because I've had both hips replaced and revised (yes that's 4 surgeries over 30 years). I've had PT on land and in water. I've had chiropractic to help my scoliosis deal with the changes in my hips. And I've gotten Aston-Kinetics bodywork to un-stick scarred and stuck tissue and to get coached on my own easy, pain-free gait. I have tons of things I've learned and come back to that give me an active life. And sometimes, I just have to go back to my Aston-Patterner to be reminded, or fine tune part of my movement pattern. I didn't have to do it alone and neither do you.
It's why I became an Aston-Patterner in the first place. It works.
I've helped loads of people with joint replacements. People who were frustrated because they weren't back to activities they thought they'd be able to do again. People who wanted more out of life.
Recovering a healthy gait, or pattern of walking is a puzzle that can take time to unravel. So think about this:
How much is it worth to you to be able to play, to dance, even to walk without pain? What would your life look like if you weren't limited by pain or effortful movement? Are you ready to take charge of tuning up your physical mojo? What do you need to put in place so you're ready?
Contact me now @ valerie@MojoRecoveryTherapies.com to set up a conversation.
Or just call 503-709-9983.
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I'm Valerie Lyon, the Mojo Recovery Therapist.