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After getting off crutches what is the rehab time for a fractured femur?

After getting off crutches what is the rehab time for a fractured femur?

Femur Fracture: 4-6 weeks, then another 4 weeks of return to specific activities such as sports. ...Read more

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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more

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What is done for a fractured femur bone ?

What is done for a fractured femur bone ?

Age dependant: A baby may get a pavlik harness, a toddler will get a cast, school age children may get flexible nails an external fixator or a plate, adults will generally get rods unless the fracture is too close to the knee or hip in which case some surgeons will use plates and screws. ...Read more

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One (Checklist)

Check your loved one's balance
Once
Remove obstructions that could cause falls
Once
Organize medications
Once
Add railings for support
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What kind of things should I keep in mind when taking care of an 88 year old female with a fractured femur?

What kind of things should I keep in mind when taking care of an 88 year old female with a fractured femur?

Overall condition: Stable fixation with a quality reduction of the fracture that enables the patient to resume activity, including weight-bearing are all important. Getting patients fixed, to minimize lung problems, bedsores, & blood clots are all important. Making sure that the patient is treated promptly, but not before being optimized for surgery is also important. The elderly often have little reserve. ...Read more

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What is the implication of the rod and screw in fractured femur bowing on X-ray 8 weeks post op in 58 year old male?

What is the implication of the rod and screw in fractured femur bowing on X-ray 8 weeks post op in 58 year old male?

Could be a problem: If the surgeon felt this was new bowing that could be due to too much stress on the rod. That would be very unusual with modern rods as they are very strong...Especially to see as early as 8 weeks. If it is just on an x-ray report you need to talk to your orthopedist as it us likely nothing. Most rods are normally bowed and may bow slightly more after being inserted. ...Read more

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One (Checklist)

Make sure surroundings are safe and familiar
10 Min, Once, forever
Call the doctor if there is a new change in behavior or level of alertness
5 Min, Once, forever
Make time for stress reduction, relaxation
30 Min, Daily, forever
Call elder abuse hotline for physical, financial or other abuse
15 Min, Once, forever
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I had a fractured femur/tibia.It healed .Now I have presure/pain in my knee with pain going up my thigh 3 months I have ignored this. What should I do?

I had a fractured femur/tibia.It healed .Now I have presure/pain in my knee with pain going up my thigh 3 months I have ignored this. What should I do?

Evaluate immediately: It may or may not be related to the fracture. You need an immediate evaluation to see if there is a relationship or if this is something else. Since the symptom is on the same side as the fractures, depending whether they were close to or through the joint - they could be related. We always need to keep open other options. ...Read more

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How serious is a fractured head of femur?

How serious is a  fractured  head of femur?

Trouble healing: These heal poorly without surgical assistance any intraarticulat fracture carries risk of post traumatic arthritis and chronic pain. ...Read more

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One (Checklist)

Walk slowly when exercising
20 Min, Daily, forever
Help them with chores
Once
Speak slowly in case they can't hear well
Once
Assist when necessary with cooking, bathing, dressing
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How are femur fractures treated in the hopsital?

How are femur fractures treated in the hopsital?

Intramedullary Nail: Most fractures of the femoral shaft in adults are treated by placing a metallic rod from the top of the bone to the bottom. The rod is placed inside the medullary canal (the bone is like a hollow tube) through a small incision by the hip under x-ray guidance. ...Read more

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