More than 300,000 older people fracture a hip each year. Less than half will return to their previous level of mobility.
Duke Regional Hospital offers:
- A thorough evaluation in the Emergency Department
- A mini-bone health assessment
- Pain management designed to increase your comfort
- A specialized plan of care on our award winning orthopaedic unit
- A private room to provide a peaceful recovery
- Physical and occupational therapy that begins the day after surgery to maximize your recovery potential
- Education to improve your bone health and fall prevention strategies you can use in any setting
- Skilled discharge planning to help you achieve the best possible recovery
- Follow-up to ensure your recovery is on track
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 90 percent of hip fractures are caused by falls. To prevent a fall or to reduce your risk of a fall:
- Exercise regularly to improve your strength and balance.
- Have your doctor or pharmacist review your prescription medications, over-the counter medications and herbal supplements to identify potential side effects that may cause dizziness or drowsiness.
- Get your vision checked yearly by an eye doctor and update eyewear as needed.
- At home:
- Make sure handrails for stairs, inside and out, are in good repair.
- Add grab bars to the shower, tub and next to the toilet.
- Make sure there is proper lighting throughout your home and at all entrances.
- Remove clutter and throw rugs so you don’t trip.
- Move items you use frequently to a waist-high surface.