Monthly Archives: April 2012

Anterior Hip Replacement: Ideal For Quick Return To Active Lifestyle

Anterior hip replacement is gaining popularity, especially among patients with more active lifestyles. This Augusta Chronicle piece tells the story of 74-year-old Merelyn Hendricks, who was not only back on the golf course just four weeks after an anterior hip replacement, but he was moving very well–he shot a 73!

We talk about the advantages of anterior hip replacement in this blog post, but the article offers a few more good points. One of them is the advantage of the patient being able to be on his back during an anterior hip replacement, Dr. Randal Meredith explains in the article:

Going in the front also means patients can lie on their backs during surgery, which makes it a little easier to do the procedure, Meredith said. As he worked to replace a hip recently in an operating room at University Hospital, he was able to mark his progress with X-rays, carefully checking to see whether the replacement parts were snug against the bone, eyeing the size to see if it matched up. Meredith checked the placement against the other hip to see that they were well aligned. In fact, the patient had previously had a hip replacement on the left side that might have left that side a little long, so Meredith’s goal in replacing the right hip was to even that out.

If you are considering hip replacement surgery, our joint replacement team would be glad to meet with you to discuss your options. Contact us today and set up an appointment to meet with someone from our team.

The Advantages of Anterior Hip Replacement

When non-surgical treatments like physical therapy and medication aren’t enough to make debilitating hip pain manageable, hip replacement surgery is often the recommended next step.

Total hip replacement surgery diagram.

Hip replacements have been performed for decades to treat arthritis and other hip-related ailments. Here in the U.S., more than 285,000 total hip replacements are done each year. In recent years, a new type of hip replacement–the anterior hip replacement–has been gaining in popularity.

In hip replacement surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in the leg, opens the hip joint, and implants a ball and socket on an artificial stem. This takes the place of a worn-out joint.

No muscle or bone cut

In a traditional hip replacement procedure, the incision is made in the side or toward the back of the leg, and access to the joint is gained by either cutting muscle or bone around the joint. In an anterior hip replacement procedure, a smaller incision is made more toward the front of the hip, and joint access is gained by spreading the muscles apart. The same joint replacement procedure is done, yet no muscle or bone is cut.

By leaving the muscles intact, the anterior hip replacement approach does less damage during surgery, which shortens the patient’s recovery time. The entire joint also is more stable immediately after surgery, meaning the patient can get back to everyday activities

Anybody can be a candidate for an anterior hip replacement. Our joint replacement team has performed hundreds of successful hip replacements, including anterior hip replacements. If you’re experiencing chronic hip pain, our team would be happy to meet with you and talk about your options.


Guidelines for Functional Capacity Evaluation

This article by Hart et al is published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, outlines the many guidelines of conducting a Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE).  These guidelines are implemented in order to provide a standard level of care among Physical Therapists and others who perform these FCEs.  The guidelines talked about in this article are also in place at Industrial Rehabilitation Services!

Before You Tee It Up, Stretch Out!

Golf season came early to the Northern Virginia area this year, and along with it came a lot of unnecessary injuries. Do you want a sure-fire way to cut short your round? Tee it up and let it rip without a proper warm-up routine.

Proper warm-up is key to preventing back injuries from golf

A warm-up doesn’t have to be complicated, but it should cover a few basic things.

First, do some stretching exercises that focus on your shoulder, torso, and hip. While golf uses lots of muscles, these areas are the ones that supply the majority of your swing’s power.

Next, take a few gentle swings. This will help warm up all of the muscles you use on the course. Remember, a smooth, rhythmic swing is not only best for your body, it also produces the most clubhead velocity.

For a more detailed look at preventing lower back pain while golfing, check out this article from Spine-Health.

Are you experiencing lower back pain? We’re here to help! Our award-winning Pain Management and Spine Center experts are just an appointment away. Contact us today and let us know how we can be of service.

Work Hardening/Conditioning Increase the Rate of Return to Work!

A study demonstrated by Deborah E. Lechne published in the, Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, provides evidence about the benefits of Work Hardening/Conditioning and their ability to return patients more rapidly to work.  Industrial Rehabilitation Services designs and implements its own unique programs to fit any worker!