Created: June 14, 2016
Diane Heislein, PT, DPT, MS, OCS
Increasing incidence of Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is driven by the aging population; the growing obesity epidemic, which is a risk factor for the development of OA; and a younger population now being considered appropriate candidates for THA. THA to improve hip joint stability, mobility, locomotion, and quality of life is considered one of the most successful surgical procedures. Improvements in implant design and surgical technique are changing the profile of patients who are candidates for THA, and require adaptation of rehabilitation techniques to maximize functional outcomes for patients.
People considering total hip arthroplasty can find a consumer-friendly guide at MoveForwardPT.com, the American Physical Therapy Association’s official consumer website.
APTA resources regarding the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) are available at APTA.org.