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After Hip Replacement, Therapy at Home May Be Effective

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – Surgeons often recommend outpatient physical therapy to help hip replacement patients get moving again, but researchers report that a home exercise program may work just as well. Experts say that physical therapy plays a vital role in recovery after hip replacement. And this new study of 77 patients found they obtained similar results no matter which therapy option they pursued after receiving their new hip. "Our research found that the physical therapy does not necessarily need to be supervised by a physical therapist [for hip replacement patients]," said study author Dr. Matthew Austin, director of joint-replacement services at Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital in Bensalem, Pa. "The expense and time required of outpatient physical therapy, both for the patient and the patient's caretakers, may not be the most efficient use of resources." More than 300,000 ... Read more

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