Turkish Journal of Geriatrics 2006 , Vol 9, Issue 2
Celal Bayar Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Anabilim Dalı MANİSA Hip fractures, one of the main reasons for disability, are frequently seen in older population. Several diseases including osteoporosis, neuromotor dysfunctions such as a stroke or Parkinson's disease, cognitive and balance disorders put the elderly to a higher risk for hip fracture compared to the younger population. In this group of patients, surgery is best treatment modality in order to obtain a satisfactory functional status. However, in these patients, age and coexisting medical illness may cause an increase in complications resulting in higher mortality after the surgical interventions. Moreover, the quality of life may be adversely affected in survivors after the surgery. In this manuscript, the rehabilitation of the elderly patients suffering from hip fracture and the potential problems during the rehabilitation program has been reviewed besides the preventive care methods. Keywords : Hip fracture, older population, rehabilitation