Leg Fracture Treatment for Seniors Belen NM

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William B Pratt, MD
(505) 869-4212
Bosque Farms, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Los Ninos Therapy Center
(505) 865-7955
336 Luna St SE
Los Lunas, NM
Industry
Physical Therapist

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Novacare Rehab
(505) 861-2210
201 Rio Communities Blvd
Belen, NM
 
Belen Physical Therapy
(505) 861-1200
221 South Main St
Belen, NM
 
Los Ninos Therapy Ctr
(505) 865-7955
336 Luna Ave
Los, NM
 
Belen Physical Therapy
(505) 861-1200
1220 Camino del Llano
Belen, NM
Industry
Physical Therapist

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New Mexico Physical Therapist Incorporated
(505) 866-1677
2211 Main St SE
Los Lunas, NM
Industry
Physical Therapist

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Belen Sports & Rehabilitation
(505) 861-5774
130 Caldwell Del Rio Shopping Plaza
Belen, NM
Specialty
Outpatient Physical Therapy

David Kennedy, PT, CCS
(505) 861-1200
221 S. Main
Belen, NM
 
Novacare Rehab
(505) 866-1677
2211 Main St SE
Los, NM
 
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Take Heart, Seniors--You Can Recover from Leg Fractures

Fractures to the legs and hips are one of the main reasons that people over 65 end up in the hospital. But not much is known about how these patients recover. This study followed 30 seniors who had leg fractures in accidents such as car crashes.

Researchers did physical tests of strength and range of motion and asked the subjects questions about their health, activities, and mental state. The subjects were tested an average of almost three years after their injuries.

The results showed that almost all of the patients had recovered very well. Their physical tests showed that the injured legs and uninjured legs functioned at about the same level. The subjects reported a low level of pain. And they even compared well to a control group of seniors who had never broken a bone in their legs.

One surprising difference between the subjects and the healthy control group was the results of the scores on mental state. Even though the subjects had returned to good function and low pain, they showed a much lower mental state. The authors don't know how to explain this. They note that the lowest scores came from people who had spent a long time in the hospital, and that two subjects were diagnosed with depression. Their responses may have caused a lower overall average score.

These results are somewhat different than other similar studies. The researchers suggest that it could be because their study limited subjects to people who had relatively simple fractures, witho...

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