At Queen City Care, we see various cases of broken or fractured hips. According to AARP.org, hip fractures actually kill tens of thousands each year. There are tips to help you survive and heal from this type of ailment and we’d like to share a few with you.
Seniors are at a greater risk for this type of injury due to weakened bone density as we age. The reason why broken or fractured hips can be deadly isn’t because of the injury itself. It has to do with the body’s response to the break. The loss of mobility can lead to other problems like pneumonia. Also, if a broken hip is accompanied by other existing diseases such as diabetes, they can get exacerbated.
Our 4 broken hip healing tips:
- First is to get to surgery as soon as possible. Don’t delay! The Canadian Medical Association Journal states that the risk of death decreased by 19 percent if you had the hip surgery within three days of the injury.
- Be persistent with your physical therapy. This includes intensive physical therapy with a professional as well as exercising everyday. Start slow and gradually increase your physical activity which will stimulate the bone to heal.
- Diet is also an important part of the healing process. Foods rich in protein, calcium and vitamin D will help you gain strength.
- Finding a quality elder care companion also makes a huge difference in recovery. Queen City Care caregivers are compassionate, with positive attitudes and great patience. We match our caregivers up with each patient based on their expertise and the type of care that is needed.
Do you have a loved one who has suffered from a broken hip? Tell us your story in the comments below.