Friday, September 02, 2011
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The fear of fracturing a hip looms large for many older adults — with justification. An estimated 20 percent of older adults who sustain a hip fracture die within a year of injury. Others experience loss of mobility and independence.
The September issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers hip fractures and treatment options, noting that the prognosis isn't always dire. Highlights from the article include:
While hip fractures are worrisome, substantial recovery from hip repair is common. The prognosis is better for those who are in generally good health and are mobile and active prior to the injury.
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