Activity Levels in Healthy Older Adults: Implications for Joint Arthroplasty.

Research paper by Laura E LE Thorp, Diego D Orozco, Joel A JA Block, Dale R DR Sumner, Markus A MA Wimmer

Indexed on: 01 Jan '12Published on: 01 Jan '12Published in: ISRN orthopedics


This work evaluated activity levels in a group of healthy older adults to establish a target activity level for adults of similar age after total joint arthroplasty (TJA).With the decreasing age of TJA patients, it is essential to have a reference for activity level in younger patients as activity level affects quality of life and implant design. 54 asymptomatic, healthy older adults with no clinical evidence of lower extremity OA participated. The main outcome measure, average daily step count, was measured using an accelerometer-based activity monitor. On average the group took 8813 ± 3611 steps per day, approximately 4000 more steps per day than has been previously reported in patients following total joint arthroplasty. The present work provides a reference for activity after joint arthroplasty which is relevant given the projected number of people under the age of 65 who will undergo joint arthroplasty in the coming years.