Unipedal balance is affected by lower extremity joint arthroplasty procedure 1 year following surgery.

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Journal Article

Lower Extremity Joint Arthroplasty (LEJA) surgery is an effective way to alleviate painful osteoarthritis. Unfortunately, these surgeries do not normalize the loading asymmetry during the single leg stance phase of gait. Therefore, we examined single leg balance in 234 TJA patients (75 hips, 65 knees, 94 ankles) approximately 12 months following surgery. Patients passed if they maintained single leg balance for 10s with their eyes open. Patients one year following total hip arthroplasty (THA-63%) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA-69%) had similar pass rates compared to a total ankle arthroplasty (TAA-9%). Patients following THA and TKA exhibit better unilateral balance in comparison with TAA patients. It may be beneficial to include a rigorous proprioception and balance training program in TAA patients to optimize functional outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Butler, RJ; Ruberte Thiele, RA; Barnes, CL; Bolognesi, MP; Queen, RM

Published Date

  • February 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 286 - 289

PubMed ID

  • 25257235

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25257235

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8406

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.arth.2014.08.031

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States