Optimal Recovery from Hip Fractures
A hip fracture is a break in the upper quarter of the thigh or femur bone. The extent of the break depends on the involved forces. The type of surgery used to treat a hip fracture is mainly based on the soft tissues affected and bones or on the level of the fracture. The surgeons use Orthopedic implants combined with Orthopedic tools for surgical treatment.
The best method to recover from a hip fracture is to get moving as soon as possible under the advice of the treating surgeon. Immobility can be the cause of possible significant complications. For some of the reasons such as preventing pneumonia, bed sores, blood clot, etc., it is critical to get patients up and moving as soon as possible after surgery. There are several ways to help accomplish this goal.
Most importantly, the surgery should be done soon after the injury using the right trauma Instruments and implants. There is controversy about how early the surgery should be performed, but ideally within 48 hours of the injury, and possibly sooner. Several hospitals are getting better equipped at getting persons with broken hips to an operating room on either the day of or the day after their injury.
There are circumstances when surgery must be delayed, such as when there are other major medical issues that need to be addressed before a surgical procedure. Another common situation is when a person on blood thinning medication suffers a hip injury. The effects of blood thinning may need to be reversed prior to performing surgery.
The second step is to quickly get up and moving after the hip surgery. In the hours and days after surgery, the therapists and the nursing staff will be working to assist the patient to get up and start a movement. Even changing position and sitting up in a chair can help to prevent some of the complications that can occur in persons with broken hips.
Chances of Recovery
Unfortunately, full recovery after a broken hip occurs in only around half of all people. The other half will have a decline in the function in comparison to their pre-injury activity level. Sadly, almost one-quarter of people who break a hip do not live for a full year after their injury. While this group tends to represent the frailest people who break a hip, it is a startlingly great number.
Obviously, everyone wants to be in the 50% of people who do regain their full function. For doing so, people will have to regain the following:
- Mobility: For joints to function properly, they need to move. A joint that is frozen in space may have good muscle tissue surrounding the joint, but without proper movement, those muscles can’t function properly. Mobility can be impaired by fracture healing, implanted hardware, deformity, and scar tissue formation.
- Strength: Restoration of muscle strength is critical after breaking of the hip of any person. Unlike a recovery of hip replacement surgery, where the muscle damage is minimal, the trauma of breaking a hip bone also damages the function of muscle significantly. To regain function of muscle, it is critical to get the muscles working as soon as possible after surgery to prevent potentially permanent atrophy of the muscle tissue.
- Balance: Recovery of balance is critical not only to regain function but also to prevent against the likelihood of further injury. Balance is critical to activity, and a decline in function is usually the result of a loss of balance. Use of ambulatory aids (walker or canes) can be helpful, but regaining balance and proprioception can help restore activity.
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