Post Hip Surgery and Aquatic Therapy

Diseases of the hip joint are common in older people. Aquatic therapy can help speed up recovery from surgery. Most patients undergo surgery to relieve pain and return to active life. Unfortunately, the rehabilitation process can be delayed. Restoring joint mobility is regular exercise under the supervision of a specialist.

Effectiveness of water therapy

The benefits of water sports for injury recovery are well established scientifically. The practical application of water therapy has a long history and proven efficacy. The main advantages of the method:

  • In the water, a person is not afraid to fall and hit. Many people after hip surgery are afraid to walk on their own without support. Water will help you overcome your fear.
  • Reduced inflammation due to water pressure. The person has improved blood circulation, which helps to reduce pain and inflammation. Joint mobility is increased.
  • Thanks to the aquatic environment, the stress on the joints is reduced. Body weight in water is reduced by up to 80%. The load on the legs is less, the rehabilitation is faster.
  • Increased load on the muscles and the absence of sudden movements. It is difficult to move in the water, the muscles work more actively. In this case, the likelihood of injury due to sudden movement is absent.
  • Improving posture, coordination, strength. There is no pain syndrome with water therapy. Doctors can identify and gradually correct posture problems caused by sore joints.

Physician-supervised exercises are safe and require less effort and less pain. This makes them suitable for overweight patients, the elderly, and athletes.

Benefits of water therapy after surgery

Recovery from a complete or partial joint replacement can be time-consuming. It is not enough to simply follow a diet, take medication, and maintain peace. It is necessary to re-develop the musculoskeletal system. As a result of the destruction of the joint, many functions are impaired in patients, muscles are weakened, and there are changes in posture. All this needs fixing.

Recovering from a major operation can only be done with effort. Water therapy makes this process easier and more painless. It speeds up recovery, improves the physical and emotional state of the patient. Water activities are popular with many patients. Maintaining a good mood in convalescents is a major challenge that doctors face.

Water therapy forms the basis of the rehabilitation protocol after hip replacement. Patients in the classroom are more positive, less disappointed with the pace of their recovery. They exert more effort and are less afraid of the pain during exercise.

From simple to complex

Water rehabilitation will help maintain joint health and accelerate recovery. A gradual increase in load maintains bone density and healing progresses.

Diving from a low elevation, squats, running in water, climbing steps can be introduced towards the end of the training process. The patient is advised to wear a buoyancy belt or vest to minimize stress on the hips.

The attending physician can adjust the pace and activity of the sessions depending on the patient’s condition. Water therapy will allow you to achieve great results in a short time and fully restore the patient’s activity after surgery.

Since 2016 in Richmond VA  RVA Physical Therapy And Sports Rehab center can help with hip injury. To schedule a consultation or request more information about available services contact RVA Physical Therapy team by phone (804) 396 6753  or send email to [email protected]

You can visit the therapy center at  2620 A Gaskins Rd, Henrico, VA 23238, USA.