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Hip Arthroplasty: Improving Gait

presented by John O'Halloran

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Following the knee, the hip is the second most commonly replaced joint. Join Dr. John O’Halloran as he provides the history of hip arthroplasty and compares the advantages and disadvantages of different surgical approaches. This course focuses on assessing the gait cycle, both pre- and postoperatively, so that clinicians are better able to identify key patterns of gait compensation. The phases of postoperative rehabilitation and the management of leg length discrepancies at different stages of the patients’ rehab are outlined as well. This is the fourth course in a four course series. Please be sure to also watch:

Current Concepts in Joint Rehabilitation
Shoulder Arthroplasty: Return to Function
Knee Arthroplasty: Increasing Range of Motion

Meet Your Instructor

John O'Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS, Cert. MDT

Dr. John W. O’Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC (retired), CSCS (retired), cert MDT, is an American Physical Therapy Association board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist with over 30 years of experience in the field of orthopaedics. He earned his post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University and has studied orthopaedic and sports therapy abroad in Australia…

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1. Approaches to Hip Replacement

In this chapter, Dr. O’Halloran reviews the history of hip arthroplasty and how previous techniques compare to those used today. He identifies hip arthroplasty approaches, precautions, fixation methods, bearing surfaces, and when dislocations occur.

2. Rehabilitation of the Hip

Dr. O’Halloran discusses early stage and late stage hip rehabilitation. Gait pattern deviations, such as hip drop, are introduced along with techniques to facilitate a normal gait pattern.

3. Therapeutic Tips

The final chapter of this course explains the return to function process after hip arthroplasty. Multiple patient videos highlight postoperative exercises for early hip stretching and balance control. The course concludes with a review of appropriate activities following hip replacement.

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