Today more and more adults are getting joint replacements. Knee replacements, hip replacements and even shoulders. The baby boomers are the major group that receives these replacements. From overuse, injuries, arthritis and inflammation issues and also improper nutrition. Many Americans opt for joint replacement.  Hip replacements are one of the major operations that are performed.  Hip replacement surgery is a very complex procedure. There are two types of hip replacements. Posterior and interior total hip replacement. There is also partial ones. These are performed less often.

As an at-home personal trainer that specializes in joint replacement post recovery. It is very important for the client to start a thorough rehabilitation program after they have completed the physical therapy sessions they have been assigned by the doctor.  it is very important to continue to rehabilitate the clientship thoroughly after his physical therapy sessions. In physical therapy, they just work in the hip area. As for personal training, it is even more complex. Because the client can develop problems arising from the joint replacement.  Here are some key points that the personal trainer can focus on his client’s recovery.

  1. Minimizing the decreasing muscular strength and the recovering hip transplant patient is very important.
  2.  The operated leg on his 15% to 18% weaker than the other leg. This can cause a tremendous imbalance and affect other areas of the body in a short period of time.
  3.  It is very important for the personal trainer to set up a program of increasing the hit transplant patients range of motion and flexibility.
  4.  Strengthening the gluteus medius and the gluteus maximus is very important to balance out the lumbar pelvic hip area. This decreases the likelihood of future back problems and also posture problems that may arise.
  5.  It is very important to strengthen the abdominal wall on the anterior end of the patient. This way the whole lumbar pelvic Area is healthy and functions properly.
  6.  After the patient is pain-free, gains back most of their flexibility and mobility along with their strength. It is highly recommended that a total strengthening and conditioning program is implemented for the patient.

Following these six simple steps can help a patient get back on their feet safely, effectively and with no side effects. Continuing on an exercise program that focuses on the procedure implemented along with a total body program to keep the patient well-balanced and active. In my at-home personal training business. I implement this type of physical therapy with great success. It’s a game changer for the client and surely rewarding for the personal trainer.

Michael Metchikian NASM, CPT, CES, CNS, CES  works with clients at home in the Boca Raton, Florida area. He specializes in weight loss, physical therapy for joint replacements, rehabilitating old injuries, strength training, flexibility and balance issues and neurological problems such as Parkinson’s patients, ALS, MS issues.