G. Noel Squires
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Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common degenerative condition, often developed during middle and older ages, especially in those with more active lifestyles. Although OA can occur in any joint throughout the body, it most often develops in weight-bearing joints, such as the hip. In 2011 more than 28 million people in the United States were estimated to have OA. OA can lead to pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, decreased strength, and in turn an overall decline in functional ability. Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is becoming more widely utilized as a means for gaining mobility and independence when a person’s degenerative hip is no longer allowing their desired level of function. With the aging population and increased need for THA, research suggests there is a strong need for physical therapy in order for patients to achieve optimal functional results. Current literature supports the use of early mobilization and functional task oriented training, however there is minimal research in support or in refute of the use of group therapy treatment. Although many articles have been published regarding THA, not many include the acute care setting and short-term rehabilitation benefits. The purpose of this case report is to provide an overview of hip OA and THA, and to report on a specific case describing the examination, management, and outcomes of a patient with a THA in the acute care setting.
Johnson, Heidi, "Functional Skill Training And Group Therapy Treatment Following A Total Hip Arthroplasty In The Acute Care Setting: A Case Report" (2015). Case Report Posters. Poster 67.