As we age, our bones become more brittle and prone to fractures. Unfortunately, falls are a common occurrence for many older adults. Navigating fracture treatment in ageing patients is crucial to ensure proper healing and prevent future injuries. There are a few methods for the treatment and recovery of fractures in ageing patients. Follow along as we discuss a few of these methods.

Fracture Treatment in Ageing Patients

There are several different options for treating a broken bone, and the best option will vary depending on the individual patient and the type of fracture they have sustained. In general, however, fractures can be treated either with surgery or with nonsurgical methods such as immobilisation.

Surgery is often necessary for complex fractures or those that involve multiple bones. Older adults may also require surgery if they have sustained a hip fracture, which can be particularly difficult to heal without surgical intervention. Nonsurgical methods may be used for less complex fractures, such as those that occur in the arm or leg. Immobilisation is typically achieved by putting the affected limb in a cast or splint.

Fracture Recovery in Ageing Patients

Recovery from a fracture can take several weeks or even months. It is important for patients to follow their doctor’s orders during this time to ensure proper healing and avoid complications. After the bone has healed, patients may need physical therapy to regain strength and range of motion in the affected limb.

It is essential to maintain a high quality of life and if you or somebody close to you has had a fracture, medical assistance should be sought out immediately. Please contact Dr Olivier’s office situated at Vergelegen Mediclinic Somerset West at 021 850 6398 or admin@newlimb.co.za to make an appointment.

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