Physical Therapists can help patients avoid the need for surgery by helping them regain freedom of motion and freedom from pain.
Modalities for Pain and Swelling:
- Ultrasound is used as a deep heating modality to help decrease pain, break up scar tissue, and accelerate the healing process.
- Electrical Stimulation is used usually in conjunction with heat or ice to help decrease pain and improve swelling.
- Ice Packs/Hot Packs are used to decrease pain, relax musculature, decrease swelling, or increase circulation.
Passive Range of Motion:
The therapist will gently begin passive range of motion exercises if the active range of motion is not tolerated or, if post-op, active ROM is not yet permitted. The patient will be brought through tolerable and permitted ranges to improve the patient’s hip mobility.
The therapist will use joint mobilizations for patients with decreased ROM due to capsular restrictions. These mobilizations are performed based on a patient’s symptoms and restrictions, and as tolerated by the patient.
Progressive Resistive Exercises:
Strengthening exercises begin when a patient is able to tolerate resistance and can begin the strengthening portion of the rehabilitation. Patients are guided through an exercise program prescribed by the therapist and are progressed by the therapist when it is tolerated by the patient, or permitted by the physician.
Exercises are based on the functional needs of the patient for work or sport, as well as everyday tasks that need to be performed by the patient. As the patient progresses, more function is added to the protocol to increase the patient’s ability to perform in work, sport, and all other activities of daily living.
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