Reflection: 7/5/2021 hours: 2
Today I had a previous patient in clinic who has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the hips. Today was a really nice appointment as after progressively worsening pain since December she has finally got the news that she is 3 months away from having a hip replacement. Our focus is now on strengthening up her gluteals, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and improving walking gait in preparation for her operation.
What I was thinking and feeling and what was good or bad:
It was lovely to see a patients attitude and motivation drastically increase following good news from the hospital and I am looking forward to seeing how her adherence to exercises improve with this positivity (McArthur et al., 2014).
- Focus on maintaining that motivation and keeping her adherence to exercise high all the way up until her operation and afterwards.
- Education on expectations and explaining how the hard work does not end after the operation and how adherence to rehabilitation after the surgery is essential to full recovery.
McArthur, D., Dumas, A., Woodend, K., Beach, S., & Stacey, D. (2014). Factors influencing adherence to regular exercise in middle-aged women: a qualitative study to inform clinical practice. BMC Women’s Health, 14, 1–8.