Physical Activity Doesn’t Increase After Hip Replacement Interview with:
Tom Withers

Research Student, School of Health Sciences
University East Anglia
Norwich, UK What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: There is a lot of subjective evidence to suggest that physical activity does not improve following hip replacement we wanted to therefore synthesise the current evidence to come to a more objective conclusion.

The main finding from this study is that physical activity does not significantly change pre-operatively compared to up to one year post-operatively. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: That although a number of hip replacement patients have the procedure to be able to be more physically active there is no evidence that this is actually happening. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?

Response: Future research needs to better understand the physical activity goals of hip replacement patients and build a rehabilitation package that will allow them to be more physicaly active post-surgery. Thank you for your contribution to the community.


T. M. Withers, S. Lister, C. Sackley, A. Clark, T. O. Smith. Is there a difference in physical activity levels in patients before and up to one year after unilateral total hip replacement? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Rehabilitation, 2016;
DOI: 10.1177/0269215516673884

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Last Updated on October 27, 2016 by Marie Benz MD FAAD