Running Following Hip Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review


With improved implants and younger patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty (THA) and hip resurfacing arthroplasty (HRA), there are increased expectations to return to high-impact activities. Recommendations regarding return to running following hip arthroplasty remain unclear. A search of the PubMed database was conducted, and all publications referencing running following THA or HRA published between January 1, 2000, and September 1, 2020, were included in the systematic review. Patient demographics, surgical variables, activity measures, and revision rates were recorded for each study. A total of 225 unique citations were identified, of which four manuscripts met the eligibility criteria. Eighty-nine of 121 (73.6%) preoperative runners returned to running postoperatively. All four studies reported mean postoperative UCLA activity scores of at least nine. More patients returned to running following HRA than THA with lower rates of revision. Further research with longer postoperative follow-up is necessary to provide definitive recommendations for running following arthroplasty procedures. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 32(1):001–004, 2023)

Key words: total hip arthroplasty, running, hip resurfacing arthroplasty, adult reconstruction

Colin J. Harrington, MD; Andrew D. Lachance; Nicholas M. Panarello, MD; Sean E. Slaven, MD; John P. Cody, MD; and Robert W. Tracey, MD