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Best assistive devices after hip replacement


A hip replacement prosthesis is surgically implanted to replace the damaged hip joint. This usually happens when the patients have either failed to respond to conservative treatment or the disease has progressed to the point that conservative treatment is no longer adequate. People who need hip replacement surgery typically have severe joint damage from osteoarthritis rheumatic arthritis, traumatic arthritis or any other disease of the bones and joints.

Hip replacement procedure is there an important process in helping the victim patient be relieved from pain and all challenges experience during the sickness period. After a hip replacement surgery is done, precaution should be observed by the patent in order to prevent the dislocation of the hip prosthesis after surgery. Patients must follow certain precaution such as restricting certain movement like crossing your legs or bending too far

The patient is also advised to practice the use of assistive devices that will help you eliminate any risk that may cause hip dislocation or patient fall during your recovery period. If you need quick recovery and eliminate the risk of affecting your hip healing process, then you should grab a hip replacement kit.

What is a hip kit?

A hip kit is an assistive medical device that contains about six components that assist patient to recover while eliminating the risk of hip dislocation. Components found in a hip kit includes: sock aid, dressing stick, Reacher, shoehorn, long-handled bath sponge, and elastic shoelaces. Some hip kits may not contain all six items thus when purchasing a hip kit, look carefully at what it contains and what will suit you best

1. A sock aid devices

 Sock aid devices are designed to help you put on your socks without bending over to reach your feet. The sock aid has two main parts a flexible or semi-flexible part that the sock slips over and two long handles so you can drop the sock part to the floor, slide your foot into the sock opening, and pull onto your foot.

2. A dressing stick 

This device is a lightweight, thin rod with hooks at each end. The stick is about 27 inches long to help you get dressed without bending or reaching for your clothes. The hook at one end helps you pull up pants or pick clothes up from the floor. The opposite end has a smaller hook that can be used to pull up zippers.

3. A Reacher

This device is an assistive device, commonly available in lengths ranging from 24 to 32 inches, that allows the person using it to reach or pick up objects that otherwise would be difficult to grasp without bending or extending the body. One end of the reacher is usually a pistol-style handle and the other end is a claw that is triggered to latch onto an object.

4. The shoehorn 

This device is found in a hip kit is an extended version of a normal shoehorn. They can range from 18 to 32 inches. The extended length allows a person to slip on shoes without bending over.

5. A long-handled bath sponge 

This device allows a person who is showering to reach their feet, back or other body parts without over-extending or bending. The long handle is usually plastic and approximately 2 feet in length with a bath sponge attached.

6. Elastic shoelaces

These devices are a great solution for people who want to continue wearing their tie shoes but are limited in their ability to bend down to tie them. The elastic shoelaces are stretchable, allowing you to wear the tie shoes as if they were slip-on style shoes. The shoes stay tied and you slip the shoes on and off.


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