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Hip Fracture Program

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.