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Effects of a Late Phase Exercise Program Following Total Hip Arthroplasty

This study has been completed.
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kim Parker, Capital District Health Authority, Canada Identifier:
First received: May 8, 2009
Last updated: August 28, 2012
Last verified: August 2012

A group of orthopedic physiotherapists have developed a late phase program to educate and instruct total hip replacement patients in progressive exercises appropriate for their level of recovery. The components of this program include an educational presentation, individual assessment and exercise prescription. The investigators' intent is to pilot the program using a sample of patients. The objective of this pilot project:

To examine the effects of the late phase education session and home-based exercise program in restoring hip muscle strength, gait and function

Condition Intervention
Total Hip Arthroplasty
Other: home based exercise and education program

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Effects of a Late Phase Education and Exercise Program Following Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Pilot Project

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Further study details as provided by Nova Scotia Health Authority:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • hip muscle strength [ Time Frame: 8-12 weeks post THA, 6-7 months post THA ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Gait [ Time Frame: 8-12 weeks post THA, 6-7 months post THA ]

Enrollment: 47
Study Start Date: March 2009
Study Completion Date: February 2011
Primary Completion Date: February 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
THA control
those with THA not participating in exercise and education program
THA exercise
those with THA and participating in exercise and education program
Other: home based exercise and education program
Individual assessment with physiotherapist with educational information, exercise instruction and prescription provided. Instructed to perform home exercises and walking for 12 weeks. Will be individually tailored to participants, bi-monthly phone calls will be used to monitor and facilitate exercise and walking progression .
healthy control
Healthy control, people with no lower limb gait abnormalities


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
orthopedic clinic outpatients (of one clinic)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • unilateral primary total hip arthroplasty (THA)
  • 8-12 weeks post THA
  • over the age of 18
  • able to walk 15m without a walking aid
  • able to participate in an exercise program without physical assistance
  • available for follow up as per the study protocol
  • able to read and understand English and follow verbal and visual instructions

Exclusion Criteria:

  • medically unstable
  • have central or peripheral nervous system deficits
  • have an underlying terminal disease (cancer)
  • have suspicion of infection following joint replacement
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00896259

Canada, Nova Scotia
Orthopedic Clinic, QEII Health Sciences Centre, CDHA
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 2E1
Sponsors and Collaborators
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
Principal Investigator: Ann Read, BScPT, MSc CDHA
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kim Parker, Rehabilitation Engineer, Capital District Health Authority, Canada Identifier: NCT00896259     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDHA-RS/2007-057
Study First Received: May 8, 2009
Last Updated: August 28, 2012

Keywords provided by Nova Scotia Health Authority:
Unilateral total hip arthroplasty processed this record on May 22, 2017