Complications of surgery for a
hip fracture include infection of the hip or the
urinary tract, a blood clot in a vein (deep vein thrombosis) or in a lung
(pulmonary embolism), pneumonia (bacterial infection of the lungs), and
pressure ulcers (breaks in the skin that can become infected). Many of these
complications may result from bed rest and inactivity after surgery. These
complications also become more serious when other things are involved, such as
advanced age, other health problems, and the general risks of surgery.
After a hip fracture, some people can never again be as independent as
they were before the fracture. They may need to use a walker or cane to walk.
They may need help with daily activities such as dressing and bathing. And many
can no longer live on their own. Many people do not live through the first year
after a hip fracture. It is hard to recover from a hip fracture. So be sure to
do all you can to keep your bones strong and to avoid falls that can lead to a
fracture. And if you do break your hip, work hard to get your strength and
mobility back so you can be as independent as possible.
Here are simple ways you can ease osteoarthritis symptoms on your own, at home.
1. Stay active. Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when your arthritis hurts. But many studies show that physical activity is one of the best ways to improve your quality of life. Exercise boosts your energy. It can also strengthen your muscles and bones, and help keep your joints flexible. Try resistance training to build stronger muscles. Your muscles protect and support joints affected by arthritis...