Total joint surgery may reduce fall risk, study says

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A study published Oct. 22 in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found patients with advanced osteoarthritis who had a total joint replacement saw a lower risk of falls.

The study looked at about 500,000 patients who had hip or knee osteoarthritis. Patients were divided into four groups — those who had a hip or knee replacement and those who hadn't.

"We looked at how many people from each group came into a hospital to seek care for their fragility fracture, due to a fall, and found that those who had total joint arthroplasty fell far less than those who did not," Ran Schwarzkopf, MD, lead author of the study said in a report from Rheumatology Network. "From that, we concluded that total joint arthroplasty for patients that have osteoarthritis is protective against future falls."

Those who had a total joint replacement surgery saw a reduced risk of falling compared to those who didn't. 

Access the study here. Read the article from Rheumatology Network here.

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