Timeline of functional recovery after hip fracture in seniors aged 65 and older: A prospective observational analysis

Osteoporosis International Apr 07, 2019

Fischer K, et al. – Researchers analyzed data from a 1-year clinical trial on vitamin D, as well as home exercise treatment and complications after hip fracture, among 173 subjects of age ≥ 65 years in order to determine the timeline of objective and subjective functional recovery following hip fracture. They noted a significant improvement in lower extremity function like Timed Up and Go test (− 61.1%), knee extensor (+ 17.6%), and knee flexor (+ 11.6%) strength in the first 6 months. No further significant improvement was reported between 6 and 12 months in any of the functional tests. A decrease in grip strength from baseline to 6 months (− 7.9%) and from 6 to 12 months (− 10.8%) was also observed. Improvement was recorded in subjective physical functioning from 3 to 9 months (+ 15.2%), but no longer thereafter.

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