Something we are likely to be asked by our patients is "When can I return to driving?" This study showed that there is no specific time frame for return from joint replacement surgery. Any recommendations may result in patients either being restricted for too long or too little. The APTA Orthopaedic Section's Current Concepts on Hip Management recommends at least 4-6 weeks before returning to driving after surgery. Some obvious considerations include medications the patient is taking (as this may impair decision making, awareness, and reaction time), left versus right surgery (the left foot is typically not used for driving), and force production. With the inconsistent findings in the latest research, it would appear there is a need for further research in the area in order to be able to best determine when patients can safely return to driving.
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