Source: My Central Jersey
Experiencing a hip fracture can be a life-changing event, reducing mobility and often leading to a spiraling decline in health. Prompt medical treatment, however, can improve outcomes.
Women at greater risk for osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and brittle, than men, but they also tend to lose their balance and fall more, according to the CDC. As a result, women experience three quarters of all hip fractures, according to the CDC.
Falls are normally caused by a combination of factors, including lower body weaknessd; fizziness or vertigo that may be caused by medications or other health issue; trouble with balance and staying on one’s feet, difficulty walking; Poor vision; poor footwear, foot pain, and hazards such as loose rugs, electrical cords and wet floors.
In the event of a fall resulting in a hip fracture, prompt medical treatment is important. Many hip fractures require surgical treatment and depending on the type and location of the fracture, the hip is either partially or totally replaced, or a repair procedure can be performed using a minimally invasive x-ray-guided technique.
Following surgery, most patients will be admitted to the Surgical Care Unit or Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE). Physical therapy, an important part of the recovery process, may begin as early as the same day as surgery. Many patients are able to be discharged directly to home after their hospital stay, enabling them to recover in a familiar environment where they can get back to their regular activities and regain their strength faster.
A few simple steps can help reduce your risk for debilitating falls and fractures. These include:
– With your doctor’s approval, exercising to promote strong bones and good balance.
– Keeping bones strong by getting enough calcium, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and
limiting alcohol consumption.
– Assessing your home for and removing tripping hazards, such as throw rugs, electrical cords and awkwardly placed furniture.
– Using a cane or walker if you feel unsteady.
– Making sure your environment is well lit and your eyesight is at its best.
– Installing grip bars in your bathroom to improve stability.
– Taking your time rising from a seated position.
– Wearing appropriate footwear.
– Evaluating your medications with your healthcare provider on a regular basis to make sure they’re not causing dizziness.
vGetting screened for osteoporosis and treated if necessary. Calcium supplements and certain medications can help treat osteoporosis.
Many falls and hip fractures can be prevented, but if you do suffer a hip fracture, seek care immediately. Prompt treatment can reduce your risk for complications so that you can recover faster and return to your normal activities.
To find an orthopaedic surgeon affiliated with Penn Medicine Princeton Health, call 1 (888) 742-7496 or visit PrincetonHCS.org/directory.