Follow Up on Andrea’s Hip Replacement Recovery Process

It has been a month since my hip replacement surgery and the progress is going well. It took nearly three weeks to finally feel like myself again, fatigue, pain and sleepless nights really wore me down. I didn’t realize how much energy it would take to recover from a surgery of this scope. I’ve had children and remember times of exhaustion, but I was blindsided by how hard this kicked my butt. I tried to resume going to work about 14 days post-op, rookie move! You would think I should know this, but I was ready to get out of the house and back to normal. After trying to go to work, I paid the price for two days following. With that in mind, the following week I started working two short days only, and I’m almost back to my full20150115_182849 workweek now, at a month into the recovery!

My follow op visit with Dr. Rasmussen consisted of the removal of the external stitches and reviewing restrictions, driving, and recommended exercises. My X-ray looked great with that dual mobility hip, lever and two screws (see attached). I was also informed that with hip dysplasia, my left hip might last 3-5 years before it will need a replacement, I’ll be better prepared for this next one!

The goal for the next month is to continue on my mobility and strengthening, and progress with activity within restrictions as tolerated. Most important is to avoid crossing legs, internal rotation of the hip and flexion past ninety degrees. Your body immediately lets you know when you are pushing the restrictions, so the goal is to be smart, listen to your body and be diligent with the exercises daily. I’ve found that long periods of sitting make me very stiff, I call it, “crampy butt pain.” I miss skiing and actually watched this women run by my me as I slowly walked my daily loop, I though to myself about what a mess I’d be if I ran right now.

The hip muscles are still weak and my gait has a new swagger to it, but I am confident in my full recovery. I highly recommend the replacement if you’ve been thinking about have the procedure. Why wait? Why be in pain and not do what you love to do especially if you are younger. Thanks for following my story and hope I have given those of you some insight to the surgery, recovery and impact on your life. I’ve gained an appreciation for what our patients at Alpine Sports Medicine are going through, and I think the progressions in orthopedic surgery are giving people a future that can be happy and active!

Physical Therapy Clinics Feel Recession, Insurance Co’s Tighten Up…

…we’ll work with you the very best we can.

It has been a challenging year in the healthcare field. The health insurance companies have not made it easy for providers to get paid for patient treatments, and almost impossible to keep up with changes in coding, billing procedures and authorizing visits. Copay’s have gone up, reimbursement has not gotten any better and now insurance companies are limiting the number of visits a patient can have depending on the injury.

We at Alpine Sports Medicine have tried to do our best with the current situation and work with each patient to make sure that their treatments are affordable but efficient. We have several patients that for whatever reason have only been able to attend therapy treatments a minimum of two times per week, not the recommended physician treatment plan of 3-4 times per week for 4-6 weeks. Some patients have had to come once or twice and then try to progress to home exercise programs. I know we are not the only PT organizations feeling this across the county.

So how do clinics continue to survive? Here at Alpine Sports Medicine we have been working really hard to educate all our patients with their particular insurance plan benefits, work out payment plans if necessary and most importantly get the patient back on their feet and back to their activity. We encourage each patient to feel like they can call before they start treatment ask questions, find out how much it is going to cost each treatment and understand the process at our facility. Each situation is different and being a locally owned facility with a commitment to quality customer service we are doing everything we can to make sure that each patients experience at our facility will be a positive one!

We look forward to a great summer here at Alpine Sports Medicine while we continue to provide quality physical therapy in the Park City area.