Guide for fractured hips for seniors

A Hip Replacement Is a Second Lease on Life 

The first time that pop and crack happens, it’s easy to think that life is just going to go downhill from there. In fact, just a quick search on the internet brings up a host of negative information that spells a future of doom. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Seniors across the world are taking hip fractures by the horns and claiming back their independence.

For 49-year-old Amanda Keller, the hip replacement took place well before her retirement. The famous comedienne co-hosts a breakfast show on WSFM. In a recent interview with Body and Soul Australia, Amanda described the pain: "I thought it was a pinched nerve, but when the X-rays came back my doctor told me the cartilage was gone. I was down to bone on bone. I couldn't believe it had come to this so quickly after hearing I had arthritis. I thought, 'I'm just 49, arthritis is an old person's disease'." For many, this takes place much later in life. 

Immediate Intervention from a Medical Specialist

The first few days after a fall are the most important. Usually, when we get injured, we tend to wait a few days before seeking medical attention to see whether the issue will resolve itself. For seniors, sitting around and waiting it out can be a very dangerous thing to do. A paper released by the Journal of Family Practice titled ‘Hip Fracture In Older Patients: Tips and Tools For Speedy Recovery’, it mentioned that the first 48 hours are crucial to ensure that the hip fracture is stabilised. There are different types of surgeries and different types of hip fractures, therefore, help from a specialist is recommended. The paper also brings to light the importance of early detection of hip fractures in seniors, due to the high mortality rate of hip replacement patients. 

No Delays Ensure Faster Rehabilitation

Hip injuries don’t have to be the life sentence the media spells them out to be. For many patients, the recovery process is largely dependent on their desire to become mobile again. Furthermore, a study by Oxford Academic titled Survival and Functional Outcome in Patients 90 Years of Age or Older After Hip Fracture have found up to 80% of patients who were in good health before their fracture, regained full mobility. Thanks to state of the art medical equipment and a tested rehabilitation program, the elderly can regain their independence.

By Booyabazooka - This is a photograph of an x-ray; the photo was taken my me., CC BY-SA 3.0, Link