The purpose of this study was to characterize patients who play tennis after undergoing hip arthroplasty in terms of their functional abilities and degree of satisfaction. A questionnaire was sent to all United States Tennis Association member associations in a tri-state area to identify players who had undergone a hip arthroplasty. The study group had 50 men and 8 women with a mean age of 70 years (range, 47 to 89). Only 14% of the patients' surgeons approved this tennis activity, with 34% of the surgeons recommending only doubles. Three patients required revision surgery after a mean of 8 years. One year after arthroplasty, players played both singles and doubles approximately three times per week. All tennis players were extremely satisfied with their hip arthroplasties and their increased ability to participate in their favorite sport. Because this study was confined to association members, further studies are needed to assess the general effect of tennis on total hip arthroplasty. Until future studies are performed, the authors would recommend that physicians advise caution in tennis activities and to carefully follow their patients yearly to see if osteolysis is occurring prematurely.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation