Post-Operative Care after Hip Fracture Surgery
A well-structured rehabilitation program is important after hip fracture surgery because it allows you to;
- heal faster
- recover as much muscle strength as before
- return to normal activities earlier
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Points to Remember
The goal of exercises and physiotherapy is to help you regain the strength you had before your fracture. You may lose up to 50% of your muscle strength after your fracture. The exercises and physiotherapy advised by your doctor is designed to keep your limbs mobile and prevent loss of muscle tone. These are some helpful tips to note;
- When going to the toilet, sit on a seat elevator or commode seat
- Remember to do gentle physiotherapy exercises 2-3 times a day which you can do lying in bed as directed by your doctor (such as flexing and extending your foot known as ‘ankle pumps’ or ‘buttock contractions’ or ‘quadriceps thigh muscle tightening’ exercises). This helps to reduce the risk of DVT and maintain your muscle tone
- Gradually increase the frequency and repetitions of your physiotherapy exercises
- You should be able to return to driving around 4 weeks after the surgery
- Ask your doctor when you can return to high impact physical activities or sports
- Try to walk on flat ground every day and gradually increase the distance as you get stronger. You may need a walking stick or walker during the first few days/weeks
Important Things to AVOID
- Do NOT suddenly turn or twist your hip or leg
- Do NOT bend forward (such as putting on your socks or picking something from the floor)
- Do NOT cross your legs or place 1 leg over the other
Discuss the rehabilitation program with your Rehab Doctor, Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapist
Disclaimer. TELEME blog posts contains general information about health conditions and treatments. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such.
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