Many patients feel that if they “do not attend” in-patient rehab their outcome will be inferior. This is simply not true.
The need for in-patient rehab has been extensively researched. All studies have concluded that there is no difference in outcomes between in-patient and out-patient rehab. Hip Replacement or Hip Resurfacing replacement patients generally recover quite easily and most patient prefer to go home and have outpatient rehab rather than stay more days in a hospital/rehab facility.
There are off course exceptions and these patients benefit from further in-patient stay at a rehab facility. These include the following:
- Bilateral hip replacements (ie both done at same time)
- Patients with no support at home
- Elderly patients with co-morbidities
- Patients slow to mobilise and become independent
The RAPT score (Click here) can give you a guideline as to whether you would benefit from in-patient or outpatient rehab.
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