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What is recommended rehab for elderly hip fracture?

What is recommended rehab for elderly hip fracture?

Gait traning: You will probably get you out of bed and moving on the first day after surgery. Physical therapy will initially focus on range of motion and strengthening exercises. Depending on the type of surgery you had and whether you have assistance at home, you may need to go from the hospital to an extended care facility. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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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 the rehabilitation following a hip fracture surgery?

What is the rehabilitation following a hip fracture surgery?

Depends: This depends on many factors including the pre/postoperatve health of the patient, the type of fracture, and the type of fixation. Often healthy patients with stable fixation can go home with outpatient pt a few days a week. More deconditioned patients or those with more difficult fractures may even require inpatient rehab for a while. ...Read more

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What type of rehab is best for a hip fracture in an elderly female?

What type of rehab is best for a hip fracture in an elderly female?

Hip Fracture PT: Generally exercises that work on walking and hip strengthening are what's needed. ...Read more

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What professionals are involved in hip fracture rehabilitation?

See below: The first doctor is usually an orthopedist. After that physical therapists, occupational therapists, brace makers may also be involved. If the fracture requires extensive rehabilitation, sometimes a physiatrist (a doctor of rehabilitation medicine) may also be involved. ...Read more

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How can I help a loved one transition from a hospital to a rehab center after hip fracture?

How can I help a loved one transition from a hospital to a rehab center after hip fracture?

See below: The best way is to be there for your loved one. Rehab facilities have very liberal visiting hours in general and the more you can be there the better. Rehab teams love to get families involved with the rehabilitation process as well. ...Read more

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80 y.o. female had hip fracture surgery month and half ago, on morphine and rehab since. Now intermittent slurring of speech and mild memory loss?

80 y.o. female had hip fracture surgery month and half ago, on morphine and rehab since. Now intermittent slurring of speech and mild memory loss?

It could be a new: Stroke or tia, so you should have her see her doctor. It is possible that morphine is causing her symptoms, but other causes need to be excluded first. ...Read more

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What could cause a hip fracture?

What could cause a hip fracture?

Fall: The most common cause of a hip fracture is from a person sustaining a fall. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a hip fracture?

What are symptoms of a hip fracture?

Hip groin pain: Hip symptoms are felt in the groin. But a fracture can occur in a variety of areas in the hip and can be felt in general in different areas. A lot of people complain of pain along the outer pelvis. This is usually not where you feel hip pain and more often bursitis of the hip. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of a hip fracture?

What is the pathophysiology of a hip fracture?

Too much stress: All fractures occur when more stress is applied to the bone then the bone can tolerate. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a femur/hip fracture to heal?

How long does it take for a femur/hip fracture to heal?

Fracture: Most bones with good blood supply that are capable of healing will mend within 6-8 weeks. Not all fractures heal easily though, which is influenced by location, displacement, age, health/nutritional status, smoking, etc. ...Read more

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Why is a hip fracture life-threatening for the elderly?

Geriatric hip fx: The fracture itself isn't what is life-threatening but the events following the fracture and immobility are. Being immobile and elderly leads to pneumonia, DVT, PE, MI, etc. This is why it is critical to treat a hip fracture surgically within 48 hours of the fracture to reduce morbidity and mortality as has been proven in multiple studies. ...Read more

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How is electrical stimulation used to treat a hip fracture?

May be helpful: The most notable effect is that this type of electrical stimulation seems to cause some bone cells to proliferate. There are other cellular effects of electrical currents on the broken bone, but by stimulating bone cells to divide, healing of bone is accelerated.
According to jonathan cluett, M.D. ...Read more

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Hip fracture for 95-year-old man? Thought only women got osteoporosis.

No: Osteoporosis can affect both men and women, but it is much more prominent in women. Hip fractures are more common in the elderly because of their diminished soft-tissue cushioning around the hips and their often-experienced instability while walking. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a hip fracture or pulled hip muscle?

How to tell the difference between a hip fracture or pulled hip muscle?

X-ray: Some pulled mscule around the hip could have fracture with them (avulsion fracture) some do not.
Hip fracture usually visible on x-ray or cat scan. ...Read more

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I seem to have recovered from an avulsion hip fracture but I still feel pain?

I seem to have recovered from an avulsion hip fracture but I still feel pain?

Seek re-evaluation: Without knowing any more specifics about the actual location size and status of the avulsion fracture, it is reasonable to recommend that you seek re-evaluation by your treating surgeon at this time ...Read more

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How quick is the recovery after a surgery for intertrochanteric hip fracture?

This depeds on the: Age and underlying medical health as well as physical condition of the patient as well as how well the surgery went in terms of any complications and adequacy of reduction of the fracture with good fixation in bone that is not soft or osteoporotic but one can expect 3 months on average. ...Read more

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Can a hip fracture cause your leg to become shorter? If so is there anything that can done about it?

Possible: Femoral shortening is a well-known clinical finding after surgical treatment of per- and intertrochanteric fractures. Particularly, in geriatric patients with poor bone quality and unstable fracture types, secondary compression of these fractures often leads to length inequality of the lower limbs. ...Read more

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How do u help a hip fracture?

Usually surgery: Hip fractures usually refer to proximal femur fractures near the hip joint. Most of these fractures are treated surgically with fixation or a hip replacement unless the patient is too medically unstable for surgery. ...Read more

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What to do about hip fracture pt?

Depends: The first thing to determine is whether this fracture requires surgical correction. If it doesn't, then the bone will heal on its own, and pt will benefit you by increasing your strength around the joint. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a hip fracture?

What are the signs of a hip fracture?

Pain deformtiy: Pain, short leg, inability to walk, leg rotated to the outside ...Read more

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What is done for a minor hip fracture?

Minor define: Uncertain what you mean by minor hip fracture. This needs evaluation and careful treatment. ...Read more

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How is a hip fracture typically treated?

Surgery: Most hip fractures are treated operatively. The type of implant depends on the type of hip fracture. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hip fracture?

Broken hip: The hip joint is a ball and socket joint where your femur meets the pelvis. Most hip fractures occur with falls in the elderly or motor vehicle accidents. The most common would be fractures of the top part of the femur bone and the femoral neck or intertroch region. Less common fractures are socket or acetabular fractures. Avulsion of muscle attachments can also occur. ...Read more

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What are the signs of fractured neck of femur (broken hip)?

What are the signs of fractured neck of femur (broken hip)?

Pain, can't walk: Femoral neck fractures are extremely debilitating. Elders get these fractures commonly and may have the affected leg shorter than the other and/or rotated. The patient will not bear weight on this side. Sometimes these fractures are less obvious, requiring advanced imaging studies (like mri) to detect. In this case, if you give a tap on the heel, sometimes the patient will feel it up in the hip. ...Read more

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Are there any organs that are associated with a hip fracture?

Usually not: Very rear to find organ damage with hip fractures. ...Read more

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Can saciatic nerve cause hip fracture?

No: One is not necessarily related to the other. However, in severe trauma, both the hip and sciatic nerve can be injured together. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Dr. Charles Toman
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Hip Fracture (Definition)

A break in the upper quarter of the femur (thigh) bone. The extent of the break depends on the forces that are involved. The type of surgery used to treat a hip fracture is primarily based on the bones and soft tissues affected or on the ...Read more