Once a sprightly 75-year-old man, John had been struggling with hip pain
for years. He was an athlete in his younger years, playing football, baseball, and soccer. He took up golf in his 40’s and remained active in the gym and with his kids. He began having hip pain in his Mid-60’s and it became worse and worse. The joint deteriorated and the labrum and structure was failing him.
After meeting with his doctor and gathering the education and information he needed, he finally made the decision to undergo a hip replacement surgery to ease his discomfort.
After the operation, John was feeling both physically and emotionally drained. For the first few days after the surgery, he found it difficult to move around and even perform the simplest of tasks. He was in a great deal of pain and felt helpless as he could no longer do the things he once enjoyed. Additionally, John began to feel lonely and depressed, as he was used to being an active member of his community, but now felt like he was stuck in a rut. He knew it wouldn’t last like this, but he still felt it in the moment.
John's physical therapist was Anna, and she was determined to help him get back on his feet. During their first session, she evaluated John's range of motion and strength, and developed a customized therapy plan for him. The first stage of therapy was focused on gentle movements to promote healing and reduce pain. Anna used various exercises to improve John's flexibility, such as stretching and massage therapy and functional movements al the while keeping the surgical precautions in mind.
Over time, John's therapy sessions became more rigorous, as his body began to heal and adapt to the new hip. He started to incorporate strength training exercises and was able to lift weights and use resistance bands. Anna encouraged him to push himself, but also made sure he did not overexert himself and risk injury.
With each passing day, John's progress was remarkable. He was no longer experiencing the same level of pain as before the surgery, and his range of motion had greatly improved. As a result, John felt much happier and more fulfilled in his daily life. He was even able to resume some of the activities he had missed out on, such as playing golf and taking walks in the park and returned to the gym.
John's journey to recovery was not without its challenges, but with the help of his surgeon, Anna and the physical therapy team, he was able to overcome them. Through hard work and determination, John was able to regain his physical strength and emotional well-being, proving that it is never too late to make a change for the better.
We’re proud of you, John!!!