ORS 2013: Greater musculoskeletal pain in TKR and THR patients correlates with poorer function

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Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, and colleagues, investigated whether musculoskeletal pain burden is correlated with physical function in total knee replacement (TKR) and total hip replacement (THR) patients. They presented their poster at the Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, January, 2013.

Primary TKR (n=1362) and THR (n=1013) patients were identified from a national research consortium that included more than 100 surgeons in 27 states. The researchers evaluated the prevalence of moderate or severe pain in the non-operative knee, hips, and low back.?

The TKR patients were 58% female with mean age of 66.5 years and mean BMI of 31.7. Moderate/severe pain was reported in the non-operative knee by 27% of patients, in ipsilateral hip by 11%, contralatera...