A group of researchers in Norway reported that patients who received walking skills training following total hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis show improved physical function, according to results of studies reported in the Science Daily.

According to the WebMD website that total hip arthroplasty is a surgery to stop pain and restore the array of motion by realigning or revising a joint. What is being eyed is to do renewal of the functioned stiffen joints and relieve the pain

The surgery is being conducted among people suffering from serious pain and incapacitating joint difficulty due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, as stated in the website. Although ScienceDaily says that "walking skills training shows sign of progress in hip replacement surgery outcomes".
 
The physical therapy program shows an encouraging effect on walking distance and stair climbing which is done in  12 months after hip replacement procedure. Reports from the study are shown in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology, the Science Daily says.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disease that involves the loss of cartilage in affected joints such as the knees, hips, fingers or spine, which triggers pain and arduousness that can hinder movement, says the Science Daily website. There are cases when the only option is a treatment OA is total replacement of the joint popularly known as  arthroplasty.

The World Health Organization (WHO) guessed that about 10% of men and 18% of women 60 years of age and older is suffering from OA. In the U.S., the National Hospital released a survey reported that there are 230,000 Americans had hip replacement surgery in 2007

The lead author of the current study, Kristi Elisabeth Heiberg, said that physical therapy, particularly doing calisthenics, increase strength and improves walking, is a major influence of a patient’s rehabilitation after hip arthroplasty.

Beforehand, those who has conducted the study about pain relief, recommends a yield to day-to-day grind, and maintaining an active lifestyle to be one of the top priorities for hip replacement patients. Yet, in spite of developments in hurt and mobility after the procedure, several studies have shown that patients with hip replacements had more walking impairment compared to healthy peers. They have shown poorer hip flexibility and muscle strength in their affected hip, which has led to numerous "DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit" filing.

URL REFERENCES:


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111215095231.htm
http://dictionary.webmd.com/terms/arthroplasty