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Recovering From a Hip Fracture: What to Expect

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A reader of our Back Pain and Osteoporosis White Paper asks: My 68-year-old mother recently had surgery for a hip fracture due to osteoporosis. How long will it take for her to recover? 

Recovery time from a hip fracture varies from person to person, and a lot depends on your mother's overall health. If she is in reasonably good health, we would generally expect to see her out of bed and walking within one to three days of surgery for a hip fracture. In general, following surgery for a hip fracture, people spend about a week in the hospital, during which time they will work with a physical therapist to help regain mobility. 

Upon discharge from the hospital, most people need to use a walker. Outpatient rehabilitation from hip fracture surgery continues for about one month. After that, many people are able to transition from a walker to a cane or other supportive device. While some people may be able to walk normally after a month or two, others may need to use a walker or cane indefinitely. After rehabilitation, it's important that your mother continue to perform the recommended exercises to keep building her strength as well as improve her balance. 

Most important, it is critical to prevent another fracture. Her underlying osteoporosis must be evaluated and treated. Be aware that if she was on osteoporosis treatment at the time of her hip fracture, an alternative osteoporosis treatment may be needed.

Posted in Osteoporosis on December 30, 2011


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I answered a similar question in a course I teach on rehabilitation for students going for their physical therapy dpt degree.

Sharon M.D.

Posted by: sharongmd | July 30, 2012 2:04 AM

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