Muscle atrophy can be avoided with early physio. Hip fracture physiotherapy can help prevent secondary injuries to other body regions by compensating for the hip problem. Physiotherapy promotes strength and flexibility, life quality, and function return to baseline. The prognosis is determined by the patient’s age and the kind of bone fracture.
Injuries are most common among the elderly and are frequently caused by falls. Falls can occur due to bone weakness, such as in an older lady with osteoarthritis. Car crashes or physical injuries are more likely to cause hip fractures in the younger population. It is critical to get the broken hip fixed as quickly as possible; else, complications and mortality are more likely.
A situation where you get a hip fracture:
- Suddenly, the thigh area is in excruciating pain.
- Walking pain or inability to move, usually to stop placing weight on the injured side.
- The leg with a fracture may appear stretched out now and lower than the limb without the fracture.
- Although bruising along the hip is possible, they are uncommon because a break is not near the skin.
- It can be difficult to diagnose since there’s no fall and the patient only has discomfort in the knees, thigh, or groin.
- Pain might be persistent and even occur when you are sleeping.
- Pain is felt while pushing down on the other side of a leg near the bone.
- Bringing your leg away from the skin causes further agony.
On the day of or the day after hip fracture surgery, a physiotherapist evaluates all patients. All patients are mobilized on the day of or the day after hip fracture surgery. In the first seven days after surgery, all patients should get daily physiotherapy for at least two hours.
As people get older, hip fractures become increasingly likely. If they happen when somebody is 65 or older, a few things can help ensure a positive outcome. Rehabilitation begins when hip fractures are repaired, which is usually through surgery. Physical therapy should be included.
What does this mean to you?
Your physical therapist will likely assess your leg muscles and walking ability after your bone fracture. A fast based on the load may also be required. The physical therapist will assess your risk of falling. Physical therapy will begin by assisting you in getting out of bed and moving around until you can do it independently or with the assistance of assistive equipment.