Tell patients their new knee won't wear out sooner with hard use

Clinical Question

After a total knee replacement, does a high level of physical activity cause the knee to wear out?

Bottom line

A high physical activity level is not associated with an increase in the need for total knee replacement revisions and may be protective. The authors opine that only people with prior-to-surgery experience in technically demanding sports, such as tennis or downhill skiing, should engage in them after surgery. They render no opinions on break dancing, Irish clogging, or skateboarding. 1a

Study design: Meta-analysis (other)

Funding: Self-funded or unfunded

Setting: Various (meta-analysis)

Reviewer

Allen F. Shaughnessy, PharmD, MMedEd
Professor of Family Medicine
Tufts University
Boston, MA


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Comments

Anonymous

Knees & Exercise & TKA

Useless

Anonymous

thr durability

give er

Anonymous

no

none

David Fraser Smith

Knee replacement results

reassuring.

Arup Kumar Dhara

Impact assessment i8

Very good