Walking speed in the total joint arthroplasty population

Andrew J. Kittelson, Jennifer E. Stevens-Lapsley

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Total hip and total knee arthroplasties are common procedures, effective at improving self-reported function for patients with osteoarthritis. While self-report measures are commonly used to assess outcomes after total joint arthroplasty (TJA), they rarely accurately reflect the magnitude of physical performance deficits. Measures of walking speed allow for a simple and reproducible clinical assessment of physical performance after TJA, which may prove to be a useful clinical tool for tracking performance and establishing prognosis. Of the few studies examining walking speed after TJA, generally patients tend to improve after surgery, yet deficits of 17% to 20% persist when patients are compared with healthy controls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-109
Number of pages6
JournalTopics in Geriatric Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012


  • total hip arthroplasty
  • total joint arthroplasty
  • total knee arthroplasty
  • walking speed


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