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So you’ve fractured your hip…

A hip fracture is a painful and serious problem. Recent studies have confirmed that hip fractures are linked to an increased risk of earlier death. The research indicates that those over 60 years old who suffer a hip fracture have triple the risk of dying within a year after it occurs. This increased risk can linger for eight years or more post-injury. Interestingly, hip fractures are incredibly common, and I have treated many patients from the New York area who have fallen victim to one. Of course, sustaining a fracture does not promise imminent death. In fact, many patients are able to heal satisfactorily and get back into the swing of things (albeit with a little more caution). Here are a few things to keep in mind if you or someone you love is dealing with a hip fracture or at risk for developing one.

Treatment will vary from patient to patient

How old are you? Is this your first fracture? How strong are your bones? What activities do you participate in? These are just some of the things that I will take into consideration when developing a treatment plan for your hip fracture. Because every body is unique, all of my patients receive care that is tailored to their specific situations and plans for the future. I have had significant experience working on hips and I collaborate with top experts in the field, so you can trust that you are in good hands.

I will strive to preserve your original body parts

One of the first things I will consider when evaluating your case is if the natural joint has a chance of healing over time. This is always the ideal scenario because it helps retain natural range of motion and avoids the risk of repair or replacement down the line. If you are a candidate for a new joint or other surgery, I will aim to complete it as non-invasively as possible and with the best robotic technology appropriate for the situation.

Expect to do some work

A hip fracture is no cake walk. In order to properly heal, you can anticipate working closely with a physical therapist and a team in the osteoporosis center to build up your strength and prevent future fractures. This might include physiotherapy, such as stretches and walking exercises, as well as medical management, like incorporating more vitamins into your diet and exploring drugs that can help strengthen your bones.

Prevention will continue at home

I see all sorts of causes for fractured hips. While no one is to blame for such an injury, you should take steps to prevent future fractures down the line. This includes installing support systems throughout your home, like rails around your bed, toilet, and bathtub, and exercising extreme caution during winter weather or other situations where surfaces might be slick. You might also consider looking into hiring part- or full-time care at home or moving into a living facility where medical staff is on hand at all times in case of an emergency. These changes might even be temporary.

Hip fractures are no fun, but with the right repair and prevention strategies, you can overcome them. If you have any questions, call or set up an appointment and I will be happy to discuss them with you in greater detail.

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