5 Things to Know About Hip Arthroscopy Recovery

Posted on July 7th, 2017 by Orthopaedic Specialty Group

Hip arthroscopy is a state-of-the-art procedure that allows surgeons to view a hip joint without making a large incision through a patient’s skin or tissue. While this procedure is far less invasive than its surgical alternative, we understand that patients can be a little nervous about their recovery. That’s why we’ve outlined a few things you should know about a hip arthroscopy recovery.

5 Things to Know About Hip Arthroscopy Recovery

Physical Therapy (PT) is vital for a healthy recovery.

Physical therapy is crucial after a hip arthroscopy because it will help to eliminate discomfort and inflammation, while repairing tissue, and restoring your range of motion. But it’s important to remember that you have to take recovery at your own pace. When it comes to PT, less tends to be more!

Time heals all wounds.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to “speed up the process” after recovery. That being said, there are still things you have to do if you want to keep your recovery on track — most notably physical therapy.

Recovery will have its ups and downs.

As with any procedure, recovery will be a bit of a roller coaster ride. There will be days where you feel back to your normal self, and days when you are more uncomfortable than others. It’s important to remember that recovery is not just a straight road.

People tend to experience more discomfort than pain after surgery.

You can breath a sigh of relief, because it’s true — most people do not experience much pain after surgery. After a procedure like a hip arthroscopy, most people find that they just have a difficult time getting comfortable, especially at night. Many patients have found that sleeping on their back is more comfortable than their side or stomach.

Moving is essential for a healthy recovery.

After surgery, most patients have an idea in their head that they’ll be spending the next two weeks held up in a bed. In reality, you only need a day or two of bed rest before becoming mobile again. Physical therapy, short walks, and pre-approved leg exercises are a great way to keep blood circulating throughout your body, and most importantly — hip. That being said, movement does not mean running, jumping, or doing any strenuous activity.

If you suffer from chronic hip pain, you should consult with a medical professional. Residents of Fairfield County can trust the experts at Orthopaedic Specialty Group for all of their bone and joint needs. We offer comprehensive physical therapy services and arthroscopic procedures that can help combat years worth of damage to your hip joints. Call us to schedule an appointment at (203) 337-2600.