Hip Precautions Not Helpful After Posterior-approach THA

An updated meta-analysis confirms an earlier one showing the routine use of hip precautions does not reduce the risk of dislocation after posterior-approach THA

What’s the Claim?

A meta-analysis of findings from nine studies (four randomized trials and five nonrandomized studies) found that among patients having a posterior-approach THA, the routine use of hip precautions was not associated with a lower risk of dislocation. Hip precautions might reduce early hip function as evaluated by performance-based functional metrics, but other than that, there were no differences between those instructed to maintain hip precautions after posterior THA and those allowed activities ad lib.

How’s It Stack Up?