to BoneSmart and recovery. Thanks for joining us and congrats on your new hip!
Please rest assured the pain you mentioned is very normal. You just experienced major surgery involving cutting, reaming, pounding disturbing all of the surrounding soft tissue. Lots of healing needs to happen.
Please leave the exact date of your THR and which hip was replaced so we are able to create a signature for you.
In addition to taking your meds on schedule (and notifying your surgeon if you don't feel the meds are adequately controlling your pain) begin icing if you're not already. It works wonders in my opinion. I iced constantly if I was sitting or lying down. Take special care to always place fabric between bare skin and the ice source and target at least four tines a day for no less than 45 minutes each time. However, you can ice as often as you're comfortable doing so. Elevation will also help with the swelling that causes pain. You will find articles on both the Recovery Guidelines below.
Please stop back if you have any questions. You will love the support you find here as you share your progress with us. Wishing you lots of comfort as you begin healing. Take good care and know we're here if you need us
HIP RECOVERY GUIDELINES
As you begin healing, please keep in mind that each recovery is unique. While the BoneSmart philosophy successfully works for many, there will be exceptions. Between the recommendations found here, your surgeon's recovery protocol and any physical therapy you may engage in, the key is to find what works best for you.
1. Don’t worry:
Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary.
2. Control discomfort
3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.
4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
5. At week 4 and after you should follow this
The recovery articles
Pain management and the pain chart
Healing: how long does it take?
Chart representation of THR recovery
Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
Energy drain for THRs
Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key
Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?
Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't
give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess
We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery. While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.