With three hundred thousand reported incidents annually, hip fractures have become one of the most frequent injuries amongst the elderly population. Those who are age seventy five and older, are at a more elevated risk for this type of injury and women are twice as likely to sustain this issue. However, statistics suggest treating hip fractures is over an estimated five billion dollars. The medical cost for this condition is on the rise due the various needs for these patients. The plethora of causes that are contributing factors to hip fractures are osteoporosis, low body weight, and excess medical conditions; the majority of injuries occurring from ground level falls. The proper prevention methods are crucial in reducing the chance of an injury. Aside from removing hazards such as objects that create a risk for falling, it should be discussed with your primary health care professional about the medication you are perscribed and its side effects. Osteoporosis is correlated with the natural process of aging, but in cooperating a routined exercise into your life can slow down the progression. An important park to an effective recovery process is receiving and completing Physical Therapy. Victims of a past fall are at a higher risk of falling again therefore, it is vital to take the correct preventives and receive help for the issue of balance.
This post was recommended by our Physical Therapist Joseph Sullivan, PT, OCS, CSCS, a Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. This certification, which is held by less than 10% of physical therapists, entails advanced academic and clinical skills in the field. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is recognized as a Hospital for Special Surgery Credentialed Advanced Hip Clinician. He currently practices out of our Lynbrook office.