As medical advancements and education allow us to live longer, hip fractures continue to rise in our communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 300,000 hip fractures occur each year in the 65 and older population. Hip fractures most commonly occur due to falls, but can also be a result of osteoporosis or another injury. Specialized hospitals such as HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs provide comprehensive rehabilitation programs to help individuals more successfully recover after hip fracture, while preventing further injuries and complications down the road.
Daily activities such as walking, bathing, dressing, sitting down and getting in the car can become more challenging after injury. To help accomplish these tasks safely, a multidisciplinary team of expert clinicians and support staff works together to help patients regain strength, balance and function after injury. In addition, patients and caregivers are educated on nutrition, medication management, proper wound care to prevent infection and how to prevent falls in the home.
A couple of things you can do to reduce hip fractures include requesting a fall-risk assessment from your doctor and assessing your home for fall risks such as cords and slippery rugs. Should a hip fracture happen, know where to turn for superior outcomes.
To find out more about the hip fracture program at HealthSouth Altamonte Springs, call (407) 587-8600 or visit healthsouthaltamontesprings.com.
By Staff Writer