Asymmetric leg loading during sit-to-stand, walking and quiet standing in patients after unilateral total hip replacement surgery

V. L. Talis, A. A. Grishin, I. A. Solopova, T. L. Oskanyan, V. E. Belenky, Y. P. Ivanenko

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Background: Asymmetric limb loading persists well after unilateral total hip replacement surgery and represents a risk of the development of osteoarthritis in the non-operated leg. Here we studied bilateral limb loading in hip arthroplasty patients for a variety of everyday activities. Methods: Twenty-seven patients and 27 healthy age-matched control subjects participated in the study. They were asked to stand up from a chair, to stand quietly, to perform isometric maximal voluntary contractions and to walk along a 10 m path at a natural and fast speed. Two force platforms measured vertical forces under each foot during quiet standing and sit-to-stand maneuver. Temporal variables of gait were measured using footswitches. Findings: In all tasks patients tended to preferentially load the non-operated limb, though the amount of asymmetry depended on the task being most prominent during standing up (inter-limb weight bearing difference exceeded 20%, independent of speed or visual conditions). In contrast, when performing maximal voluntary contractions, or during walking and quiet standing, the inter-limb difference in the maximal force production, stance/swing phase durations or weight bearing was typically less than 10%. Interpretation: The results suggest that the amount of asymmetry might not be necessarily the same for different tasks. Asymmetric leg loading in patients can be critical during sit-to-stand maneuver in comparison with quiet standing and walking, and visual information seems to play only a minor role in the control of the weight-bearing ability. The proposed asymmetry indices might be clinically significant for development of post-surgical rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-433
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Biomechanics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


  • Asymmetry
  • Hip arthroplasty
  • Humans
  • Loading
  • Locomotion
  • Posture
  • Sit-to-stand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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