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Physiotherapy treatment for Avascular Necrosis

Physiotherapy treatment for Avascular Necrosis

Physiotherapy for Avascular Necrosis is usually advised from the GP upon your first physiotherapy treatment session, the therapist will assess you level of pain and assess the mobility level at the joint and ability to complete tasks. Functional goals will then be set from this assessment. Once the physiotherapist feels it's necessary, walking aids such as crutches or a wheelchair will be introduced. Reducing the amount of weight bearing during the early stages of the condition will allow the bone time to heal. Your physiotherapist may perform mobilisations; these hands on techniques will require the physiotherapist to gradually move the joint through its range to prevent any swelling and to encourage blood supply to the area. A strengthening program is recommended to keep the muscles around the joints strong; this will help protect the joint. Gentle exercises will help to increase circulation and promote healing; in addition heat packs may be used to help increase the blood flow to the area.

Electrical stimulation will help to improve bone growth. Hydrotherapy is effective in the condition as the heat of the pool increases the blood supply at the area and the buoyancy of the water ensures there is no weight bearing which can aggravate the pain around the area.

If a joint replacement has occurred the physiotherapist will focus of regaining range of motion at the joint followed by strengthening program. Areas which are particularly important to strengthen include the back and core as they play a large role in the stabilisation of the hip.

To book an assessment or for more information please email call 0161 883 0066 .