Hydrotherapy after total hip arthroplasty: A follow-up study

S. Giaquinto, E. Ciotola, V. Dall'Armi, F. Margutti

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The aim of the study was to evaluate the subjective functional outcome of total hip arthroplasty (THA) in patients who underwent hydrotherapy (HT) 6 months after discharge. A prospective randomized study was performed on 70 elderly inpatients with recent THA, who completed a rehabilitation program. After randomization, 33 of them were treated in conventional gyms (no-hydrotherapy group = NHTG) and 31 received HT (hydrotherapy group = HTG). Interviews with the Western-Ontario MacMasters Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC™) were performed at admission, at discharge and 6 months later. Kruskal-Wallis, Mann-Whitney and Wilcoxon tests were applied for statistical analysis. Both groups improved. Pain, stiffness and function were all positively affected. Statistical analysis indicated that WOMAC sub-scales were significantly lower for all patients treated with HT. The benefits at discharge still remained after 6 months. We conclude that HT is recommended after THA in a geriatric population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-95
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


  • Hip replacement
  • Hydrotherapy during rehabilitation
  • Osteoarthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology
  • Health(social science)


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