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Orthopedics. 1990 Nov;13(11):1223-8.

Decreased pain with lower flexural rigidity of uncemented femoral prostheses.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco 94143-0728.


One hundred one consecutive uncemented hip arthroplasties (87 patients) were analyzed radiographically at 1-year follow up to relate mechanical factors to hip pain as determined by clinical pain scores. The average area moment of inertia and flexural rigidity were greater for the bone than the metal prosthesis for each type of prosthesis (AML, HG, PCA). Normalization of the flexural rigidity ratio (bone to prosthesis) for patient weight yielded a Spearman correlation coefficient of 0.232, significant at P = .02, suggesting that both applied stress and bending stiffness have an effect on pain. No relationship was seen between pain and AP, or average gap between prostheses and bone.

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