Question:I had a hip replacement about two years ago. I notice I'm having more trouble now doing simple things like putting on my socks and shoes than even right after the surgery. What can I do about this?
You may be experiencing some loss of strength. This happens in many patients one to two years after recovery from a total hip replacement (THR). Sometimes an exercise program is all you need. Your muscles can be tested and a specific program of exercises given for any weakness. A regular program of walking 30 minutes at your own pace each day has also been shown to help. Patients do best when they combine an exercise program with daily walking. It's a good idea to have your doctor check you over for any medical causes of this change in your function. If you get the all-clear signal make an appointment with a physical therapist for muscle testing and an exercise program. Most programs of this type can be done on your own at home.Mei-Hwa Jan, MS, et al. Effects of a Home Program on Strength, Walking Speed, and Function After Total Hip Replacement. In Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. December 2004. Vol. 85. No. 12. Pp. 1943-1951.
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