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A 21-year-old member asked:

my 70 year old mother is recovering from surgery to fix a broken hip. how can i help her become independent again?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Encouragement: You can help by keeping her spirits up and encourage her to move and to walk. However, this will take time (sometimes 12 months) and the number of patients who will regain functional independence is usually about 50% with most patients losing one grade of activity (i.e. If prior to fracture, she was a community ambulator, she will likely be a home or limited community ambulator).
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 18 years experience
Patience: Recovery from surgery for a hip fracture can take up to a year, with a significant proportion of patient regressing in their ambulatory status compared to pre-op. Help her progress through physical therapy.

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A 37-year-old male asked:

Whats it mean when a woman urinates blood and has sharp pains on the side above hips?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Many causes: The most common thing is a bladder infection but there are other causes like a kidney stone (should hurt) or something in the bladder like polyps or other growths. Some bladder conditions like interstitial cystitis can bleed. See a doctor for the right diagnosis as this could be something important. Always get sharp pain checked out as well. Thats our body telling us something is not right.

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