You're going into the hospital for a total hip replacement. It's tempting to consider recovering at home in familiar surroundings. But you'll find that being at home is not the most conducive environment to getting back up on your feet again. For a more successful recovery experience, spend that time in a short term rehabilitation center. Here are some of the benefits of recovering in a rehabilitation facility.
1. You're focused on your hip and not daily activities around the house.
When you're released from the hospital, you'll be weak and still a little unsteady on your crutches. Doing the most simple tasks will be a challenge for a few days. At the rehab center, you'll have help for all of those every day tasks such as fixing meals and cleaning. You can focus on your exercises and getting stronger instead of struggling with household chores.
2. The staff will help you manage the pain.
You'll have a dull ache in your hip for several days. The rehab staff will help you stay on a schedule of pain medication during this time. By staying on a regular schedule with the pain medication, you prevent the pain from becoming severe. If you wait until the pain peaks to take the medication, it isn't as effective. Being on a schedule for your pain medication is especially important to prevent having a painful physical therapy session.
3. You'll have people to give you encouragement and keep you at your pace.
There will be days when you don't feel like getting out of bed and doing exercises or your physical therapy. The staff at the rehab center know how important it is to make a little progress every day. They will help you get up and back into your exercise routine.
There will also be days when you feel so good that you push yourself beyond the limits of what your hip can do. The staff knows that this puts you at risk of falling or overworking your hip. They will help you maintain the pace set by your doctor and physical therapist so you don't put too much stress on your new hip joint.
4. Experienced staff will have quick answers to your questions.
If you recover at home, you'll only get answers to important questions when you can reach your doctor on the phone. The rehab center has staff that are experienced with total hip surgery and recovery. They will have answers to questions about your new hip, the surgery, medications, exercises and physical therapy. When you have concerns, such as if you develop a new pain in your hip, the staff can get in touch with your doctor's office for you and determine what the proper actions should be.
For more information, contact a local center like The Village At Morrisons Cove.