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How long is the typical healing process for a broken hip in an elderly person?

How long is the typical healing process for a broken hip in an elderly person?

Depends...: This depends upon the overall health of the person(their medical history, overall state of health, etc.) see my earlier post for more about hip fracture recovery. Cheers! ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Toman
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Hip Fracture (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How long will the pain last for an untreated broken hip (fracture) for an elderly person?

Weeks: If untreated, the pain from ahip fracture will last for several weeks until the bone heals nearly completely. Evan after healing, if the fracture healed in poor alignment, it can still cause pain with sitting, walking or standing. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for recovery of a broken hip for an elderly woman?

What is the prognosis for recovery of a broken hip for an elderly woman?

Excellent!: The two main types of hip fractures are neck and intertrochanteric or below-the-neck fractures. Neck fractures are fixed by replacing the hip ball. Intertrochanterics are fixed with a plate or rod and a large screw. Most all elderly men and women return to their previous level of activity. "walkers" start walking again one day after surgery. Exception: those with senile dementia may not. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the treatment for a broken hip?

Please help! what is the treatment for a broken hip?

See below: Usually surgery, but sometimes immobilization depending on the location within the hip. ...Read more

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The healing process in elderly women with fractured back from ostyoporosis?

The healing process in elderly women with fractured back  from ostyoporosis?

6-8 weeks: Usually heals fine in 6-8 weeks. If remains symptomatic can consider kyphoplasty procedure. ...Read more

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How can an elderly person recover from a hip fracture?

How can an elderly person recover from a hip fracture?

Physical Therapy: Most elderly patients experience a mild regression in their ambulatory status after a hip fracture. Regular physical therapy is an important factor in maximizing their recovery. ...Read more

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What can I do to speed up the healing process for a stress fracture in my hip?

What can I do to speed up the healing process for a stress fracture in my hip?

Walk with crutches: In most cases, a conservative course of care is initiated in order to create optimal conditions for the bone to heal. This goal can be expedited by rest and the use of crutches to keep weight off the joint for up to six weeks. ...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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Why is a hip fracture life-threatening for the elderly?

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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