Returning to golf after total knee replacement

golfer
Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain

Avid golfers who have knee replacement surgery can take comfort that they'll be able to return to the sport with less pain and fewer limitations on their golf swing, according to a Henry Ford Health System study published in the journal Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach.

The study compared outcomes between two different types of total knee replacements, cruciate-retaining (CR) and posterior-stabilized (PS) implants. It used data from 54 who identified themselves as golfers in a survey that included more than 1,900 patients who underwent surgery.

"Knee osteoarthritis can be very debilitating to the active golfer," said Joseph Tramer, M.D., a fifth-year orthopedic surgery resident at Henry Ford Hospital, "We were excited to find that the majority of our patients were able to get back out on the course with less pain following , without hindering their performance."

Patients were asked to complete survey questions that evaluated overall performance, pain, and knee stability on the golf course before and after surgery. Their outcomes were compared based on implant type.

Survey responses showed that 81.5% of patients surveyed successfully returned to play five months after surgery.

The study also looked at data comparing pain and performance after returning to golf. Following surgery, patients reported lower pain scores, needed fewer anti-inflammatory medications while playing and experienced little or no pain while playing. Additionally, more than 84% of patients reported that their golf game either improved or stayed the same after surgery.


Explore further

Researchers say prescribing opioids for pain relief after knee surgery is unnecessary

More information: Joseph S. Tramer et al, Return to Play and Performance in Golfers After Total Knee Arthroplasty: Does Component Type Matter?, Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2021). DOI: 10.1177/19417381211019348
Citation: Returning to golf after total knee replacement (2021, August 3) retrieved 27 September 2021 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-08-golf-total-knee.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
2 shares

Feedback to editors