The goals of our rehabilitation program are to help you regain hip range of motion, maximize your strength, walk without a limp, and resume your activities.
When you first visit Choice Physical Therapy, our Physical Therapist will ask many questions about your condition. Your answers will help guide our examination. We will probably ask you how your condition is affecting your day-to-day activities. Rating your pain or symptoms on a scale of one to ten helps our therapist gauge how you're doing now and how your pain and symptoms change with treatment. Here are some other questions our Physical Therapist may ask you.
- How is your hip feeling since the surgery?
- Are you feeling pain now?
- How do your symptoms affect your daily activities?
After reviewing your answers, our Physical Therapist will do an examination that may include some or all of the following checks.
Our Physical Therapist may check your overall posture, including the alignment of your back, pelvic bones, hips, knees, and ankles. We will also check the surgical area to make sure the incisions are healing. By comparing each side, we can determine if there is swelling, bruising, or any loss in muscle size.
By watching you walk, our Physical Therapist can check to see that you are putting only a safe amount of weight through your operated leg and that your walking aid is properly adjusted for you.
Range of Motion
Our Physical Therapist may check the range of motion (ROM) in your hip. This is a measurement of how far you can move your hip in different directions. Measurements might include forward (flexion) and back (extension) motions, rotating the hip in (internal rotation) and out (external rotation), and side-to-side movements (abduction and adduction). If you are following hip precautions for hemiarthroplasty, care will be taken not to move your hip in directions or positions that stress the surgical hip. Our Physical Therapist may record your ROM during each visit to chart your progress.
Your Choice Physical Therapy Physical Therapist may have you hold against resistance in order to test the muscles around the hip and knee. Muscles that may be checked include the quadriceps (thighs), buttocks, hamstrings, and calves. The results are compared to your other side. Weakness in key muscles will be addressed with a strengthening program.
Our Physical Therapist will feel the soft tissues around the sore area. This is called palpation. Through palpation, we can check skin temperature and swelling, pinpoint sore areas, and look for tender points or spasm in the muscles around the sore area.
Planning Your Care
Our Physical Therapist will evaluate your answers and your examination results to determine the best way to help you. Then we will write a plan of care. Our plan of care will list the treatments that will be used and the goals that you and our Physical Therapist decide on to get your daily activities done safely and with the least amount of discomfort. The plan also includes a prognosis, which is our idea of how well the treatments will work and how long you'll need therapy in order to get the most benefit.
Choice Physical Therapy provides services for Physical Therapy in Rhode Island.