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Daniel F Murphy, MD
(336) 375-2300
1130 N Church St
Greensboro, NC
Business
Murphy & Wainer Orthopaedics
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Max W Cohen
(336) 333-6306
1002 N Church St
Greensboro, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Stephen D Lucey
(336) 275-6318
201 E Wendover Ave
Greensboro, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Elizabeth M Meyerdierks
(336) 275-0927
300 W Northwood St
Greensboro, NC
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Jerry R Clark, DDS
(336) 273-2528
1115 W Friendly Ave
Greensboro, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Daniel Murphy, MD
Greensboro, NC
Specialty
Orthopaedic Sugeon

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Anna Voytek, MD
Greensboro, NC
Specialty
Orthopaedic Sugeon

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Rodney A Mortenson
(336) 275-6318
201 E Wendover Ave
Greensboro, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Samuel A Sue, MD FACS
(336) 545-5000
PO Box 38008
Greensboro, NC
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray
Graduation Year: 1956

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Peter W Whitfield
(336) 275-6318
201 E Wendover Ave
Greensboro, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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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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