How will my fracture be treated?
The majority of hip fracture patients will have surgery to repair their hip fracture. Your surgical repair will depend on the type and location of your fracture. If surgery is not an option because of other medical conditions, your surgeon may choose to use traction, bracing, immobilization and therapy to help you heal.
Will I be in a lot of pain after the surgery?
Most patients report that the pain they feel after surgery is less than the pain they felt immediately after their hip fracture injury. However, it is normal to experience some pain after surgery. This pain will slowly go away. Our staff will manage your pain with medications and treatments.
How long will I stay in the hospital?
Provided that you are not experiencing other medical problems, you most likely will be discharged from the hospital two to three days after your surgery. Your care team will evaluate your progress everyday as you work toward meeting your goals and will help you make necessary arrangements for when you are ready to leave the hospital.
Will I be able to walk again?
Your therapists will work with you to help you regain normal function. If you had difficulty walking prior to your hip fracture, your progress may be slower, and it may take you longer to get back on your feet. We will provide you with the most up-to-date therapy program focused on regaining mobility and independence.
Will I be able to return home after my surgery?
Your ability to return home will depend on your ability to function independently (or with minimal assistance) after surgery. Some patients may require a transition period between their hospital recovery and home. Some patients will be discharged home with physician orders to attend an Outpatient Rehabilitation Program. Others will be discharged home with home health physical therapy. Still other patients will be moved to Floyd Medical Center’s inpatient Rehabilitation unit to gain strength or continue healing before going home. Other patients will be discharged to a Polk Medical Center’s subacute rehabilitation facility before going home. After your structured rehabilitation, you may need additional assistance from your family while at home.
What kind of therapy treatment can I expect while I am in the hospital?
Most patients should expect to begin working with their physical and occupational therapists the morning after surgery. They will evaluate your status and develop an individualized therapy plan to help you meet your goals. You will receive therapy daily during your stay. Treatment will focus on regaining your strength and your ability to safely move about to perform your normal daily activities.
What is the difference between physical and occupational therapy?
Physical therapy focuses on mobility and movement. Physical therapists will help you improve your independence in walking and activities such as moving from a bed to a chair, climbing stairs and getting into and out of a car. Occupational therapy focuses on your ability to perform activities of daily living, such as your ability to dress, bathe and feed yourself.
Will I need to use a walker or a cane?
Following surgery, your therapist will walk with you while you use a walker with wheels. As you recover and gain strength, your therapist will assess your ability to advance to walking with a cane. With diligent adherence to your exercise program and allowing time for proper healing, it is possible to progress to walking without an assistive device. Remember your safety is the top priority. It is better to use an assistive device for as long as needed rather than to risk falling.
Will I be able to return to my normal activities and take care of myself?
Therapists will work with you to teach you how to function everyday while you heal. They have a variety of assistive tools that will help you manage your daily activities. However, you may need extra assistance from family members or hired caregivers for a period of time while you recover.
What can I do to prevent hip fracture?
There are several things you can do to reduce your risk of hip fracture:
- Use an assistive device, if necessary, to provide stability when you are walking.
- Prepare your home so that it is free from clutter or obstacles that can cause you to fall.
- Stay fit and flexible by exercising and stretching.
- Consider joining a wellness program to follow a regular fitness routine.
- Maintain a well-balanced and nutritional eating plan to support your muscles and bones.
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