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J Arthroplasty. 1996 Aug;11(5):565-71.

Correlation of measured range of hip motion following total hip arthroplasty and responses to a questionnaire.

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Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 02114, USA.


Twenty-eight patients (with 30 primary and 8 revision total hip arthroplasties) completed a standardized questionnaire containing the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) osteoarthritis index and Harris hip score questions prior to an office visit a minimum of 1 year after surgery. The range of hip motion measured by an orthopaedic surgeon was compared with the responses to questions on stiffness and function as well as with global scores in the WOMAC osteoarthritis index. Patient responses to the questions asking if they could cut their toenails on the operated side and the Harris hip score question asking if they could put on socks and tie a shoe correlated significantly with postoperative hip motion (P < .005). The WOMAC global pain and stiffness scores did not correlate with range of motion. The WOMAC physical function score correlated significantly only with hip flexion (P < .05). Of the WOMAC physical function questions, difficulty bending to pick an object off the floor (P < .05) and getting on and off the toilet (P < .05) correlated with the sum of the range of motion in all planes and weighted Harris hip score range of motion calculation. These data suggest that the points allocated in the Harris hip score for range of motion can be estimated reasonably accurately from questionnaire or phone response to a series of questions on a standardized questionnaire. The question on ability to cut toenails or the Harris hip score question regarding ability to put on socks and tie a shoe correlated with the most individual planes of motion, but several WOMAC physical function questions also correlated with total and weighted range of motion calculations.

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