Golf after Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Retrospective Review of 46 Patients

in Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
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Context:

With the rising number of patients with total hip arthroplasty, there is demand for sporting activities for these patients to stay physically active.

Objectives:

The goal of this study was to evaluate satisfaction and golfing performance for golfers after total hip arthroplasty.

Study Design:

Retrospective cohort study.

Patients:

Data of 46 golfers with an average age of 66.5 years (46–79 years) with an average follow up of 58.8 months (7–253 months) after total hip arthroplasty was analysed.

Results:

37 patients (80.4%) were able to return completely pain free, 9 patients still had pain during golf (19.6%). While satisfaction was high regardless of gender or affected side, only male golfers significantly improved their handicap and driving distance. Time spent on the golf course was the same pre- and postoperatively. Average time for returning to practice was 3.8 months; time until a full round of golf was 5.2 months. Postoperative physiotherapy was a significant factor in achieving an improved performance postoperatively.

Conclusions:

Golfers can return to the golf course with the same frequency and performance level to stay physically active after total hip arthroplasty.

The authors are with the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Muenster, Germany.