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How Long Will It Take To Recover From A Broken Hip
Variable: Depends on where it is. But the none will heal in 10-12 weeks but functionally you will be in rehab and gaining strength for over a year... ...Read more
6 months: It depends on the type and severity of the fracture. Generally 12 weeks to heal & 12 weeks of rehab. ...Read more
Depends on age, bone: Quality & any co morbidity the person has. If good non-osteoporotic bone & good hardware purchase & early weight bearing the fracture will heal the fastest. In the elderly with other medical problems @ poor bone quality, the time is quite longer. Everyone heals differently, so even to give you a range is not accurate without this knowledge. Picture is 1 of good bone & well fixated. ...Read more
Depends...: Best to pose this query to an orthopedist; but conservatively speaking total rehab time is probably 3-4 months. ...Read more
3 months: Ambulation is started immediately post op with limited weight bearing initially at first. Hopefully by 3 months walking is fairly good although an assistive device may still be needed. ...Read more
Absolutely: When treated quickly and correctly, many hip fractures will heal to their pre-injury status. Of course, the time to heal is quite variable and depends on many factors. A full year may be required to get to the final level of function, but many patients gain full function in 3-6 mos. Work hard and follow the advice of your surgeon and your therapist to give yourself the best chance. ...Read more
Variable: Depends on location of the fracture and mode of treatment. Ask your treating orthopedist. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the healing time, method of fixation and is best answered by your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Next Day: There are typically 4 types of orthopedic implants for hip fractures. 1. Cannulated screws 2. Sliding hip screw 3. Cephalomedullary nail and 4. Partial or total hip replacement implants. With all implants some sort of weight bearing is allowed immediately. It is the reason we fix most hip fractures, to prevent complications associated with bedrest. I let all patients bear weight as pain allows. ...Read more
The screws in my leg from a broken hip are tearing up my leg and not letting the mucsle in my leg get strong. Had them for 6 months can they take out?
Yes: If the fracture is healed the screws can be removed, but depending on the type of fracture and your age, one might prefer waiting for anther 4-6 months ...Read more
It varies: It depends on the nature, severity, & type of break as well as the general condition of the person and bone quality. On average 8-12 weeks. ...Read more
My 70 year old mother is recovering from surgery to fix a broken hip. How can I help her become independent again?
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). ...Read more
My mother recovered from cancer. She broke her hip. Healed from that. A month later her cancer came back. Could it be back from the broken hip?
Recurrent Ca: Many solid cancers can spread to the bones. Some of these metastases can cause bone fracture (we called it pathological fracture). Bone fracture can also be due to osteoporosis, especially in elderly woman. "Broke her hip" itself is not the cause for cancer recurrence, but could be other way around. ...Read more
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
Have torn hamstring from physical therapy after broken hip. I'm recovering well from hip fracture but afraid to go back to same physical therapy.
Hip strengthening: Depending on when the fracture occurred and whether its completely healed or not, you would still benefit from some hip and pelvic girdle strengthening. If you are not comfortable with the current PT, you can do home exercises and find another therapist. But it will be imperative that the muscles around the hip joint (flexors, extensors, and abductors) are strengthened. ...Read more
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