Symptoms & Assessment
Referred by their orthopaedic consultant 4 weeks following a total hip replacement.
- Physiotherapy was recommended to strengthen his hip abductor muscles and to help correct his gait after a prolonged period of limping.
- Some issues also with ankle swelling and difficulty putting on socks.
- Goal: to get back to walking without a limp and without a stick and be back to full normal activities.
Consisted of a progressive exercise programme to strengthen his hip muscles, some soft tissue work over the operation scar to improve scar mobility.
Some gentle joint mobilisations to help achieve sufficient hip flexion to put on socks comfortably.
Advice given on management of the ankle swelling.
Attended for 4 sessions in total, back to full normal function with reduced swelling left ankle and able to complete a two hour walk with no ill-effects.