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August 2019 (Vol. 4 Issue 6)

After a hip op, not much hip-hop
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

After a hip op, not much hip-hop image

A hip replacement should open up the chance of a more active life—but researchers have discovered that, surprisingly perhaps, this doesn’t always happen.

In fact, the level of activity—such as cycling, walking longer distances or even getting up and down stairs—stays pretty much the same, researchers from the University of East Anglia have discovered.

They surveyed 1,030 people who had a hip replacement to discover the level of activity before and after the operation. Because the operation reduces the pain when moving, the researchers expected to see an increase in activity—but were surprised to discover there was almost no difference.

They suspect that most people carry on with their usual daily regime despite having a new hip, and aren’t being encouraged to take up more exercise.


(Source: Clinical Rehabilitation, 2016; doi: 10.1177/0269215516673884)

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