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June 20, 2018
Getting older often comes with occasional aches or pains. However, nearly 50 percent of all seniors report suffering from chronic pain—pain that is persistent, lasts for an extended period of time, makes it difficult to perform daily activities and doesn’t respond to common anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Many of these instances of chronic pain are often found in the hip, resulting in stiffness, difficulty using stairs, trouble bending down and pain when walking. It’s no wonder then that hip replacement surgery is one of the most common elective surgeries in the United States, performed on more than 300,000 patients each year.
In 90 percent of cases, those who elect hip replacement surgery report a significant decrease in pain, improved mobility, and overall better quality of life following the procedure. Additionally, while many report some initial pain and soreness following the procedure, many are able to get out of bed and move on the same day, with full recovery taking an average of 4-6 weeks.
Even with these positive outcomes, many seniors put off having hip replacement surgery, often because they are concerned about both the lengthy recovery process and the impact it will have on their lives. While outcomes will vary based on your age, overall health and your specific case, here are four key tips to keep in mind to ensure a successful recovery:
The thought of undergoing any type of surgery can be intimidating. But if you’re suffering from chronic hip pain that interferes with your ability to lead an active, independent life, be sure to speak with your doctor about your options. Also make sure to address any concerns you may have about your ability to make a full recovery.
Our Center for Rehabilitation offers a true healing environment for those recovering from total hip replacement surgery or a fracture. Our team of licensed therapists will work with you or your loved one to regain their health and strength. We provide the personal attention and encouragement seniors need to reach their post-surgery goals and live a healthy life. Contact Episcopal SeniorLife Communities today for more information on our rehabilitation programs designed to help seniors regain independence following a hip replacement surgery.