Your first physical therapy treatment is primarily an evaluation of your current clinical presentation and obtaining a detailed history. During the evaluation, it is important for you to communicate to the physical therapist your concerns about your current level of pain and if anything performed may increase that pain. The evaluation consists of a detailed medical history and a physical examination (typically movement-based). Range of motion, strength, examination of your gait (including use of an assistive device), sensation, balance, and palpation are all components of an evaluation. There will be a discussion and review of your post-operative precautions following a total hip replacement, as well as beginning/continuing a home exercise program. The physical therapist will outline a plan of care with you and also discuss your goals. Ultimately, the physical therapist is there to work with you, side-by-side, in your recovery from your surgery. He or she shouldn’t be a dictator and have your treatment be “my way or the highway.” Teamwork and communication is vital to building trust and successful outcomes! Best of luck!
Travis Aaron Lore, PT, DPT