Patient Perceptions of Pain and Disability after Joint Arthroplasty


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Abstract

Patients having elective total hip or knee arthroplasty are routinely assessed for flexibility, muscle strength, and gait both preoperatively and postoperatively, but there appears to be limited information available on patients' self-reported pain levels. This study used two self-report measures of health status and a pain scale to measure patients' perceptions of disability and pain immediately prior to surgery and at 6 weeks and 6 months after total hip or knee arthroplasty.

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