What type of sports are considered beneficial following a hip/ knee replacement | Crosby Chiropractor | Liverpool
Latest data shows orthopaedic interventions such as total hip or knee replacements are drastically increasing and this has forced an increased focus on whether physical activity is beneficial or risky after hip and knee joint replacement.
To determine the answer to the question often depends on the activity or sport involved and the intensity at which it is played, delegates attending the recent Annual Congress of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) in Vienna heard how some sporting activities may be more beneficial than others.
EFORT President Prof Dr Jan A.N. Verhaa said recent studies provide evidence that careful skiing is not only a safe sport for people with a total endoprothesis of the knee joint, but is even suitable as a rehab measure after surgery. Meanwhile, Prof Verhaa said the danger of golf is often underestimated. “For good golfers who execute a 90° swing when driving, the forces acting on their knees are extreme. People with an artificial knee joint are allowed to golf but should go about it less intensively,” he said.
Cycling, walking, and tennis were deemed relatively safe, while caution should be exercised in running.
EFORT Head Office. EFORT Congress 2017 focusses on sports and orthopaedics. European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology. 2017 May 30 [Cited 2017 June 01] Available from: https://www.efort.org/vienna2017_pr_maintheme/