Leg Fracture Treatment for Seniors Sterling CO
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1971
Outpatient Physical Therapy
Grand Jct, CO
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital: St Anthony Hosp Central, Denver, Co; East Morgan County Hosp, Brush, Co; Melissa Mem Hosp, Holyoke, Co; Sedgwick County Mem Hosp, Julesburg, Co; Sterling Regional Medcenter, Sterling, Co; Memorial Health Center, Sidney, Ne
Group Practice: Nor
Johnson Chiropractic P.C.
Back pain,Chronic pain,Foot pain,Leg pain,Lower back pain,Migraine headaches,Neck pain,Upper back pain
Chiropractic adjustment,Chiropractic care,Spinal manipulation
American Chiropractic Association,Colorado Chiropractic Association
Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital: Poudre Valley Hosp, Fort Collins, Co
Group Practice: Rocky Mountain Assoc IN Ortho
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...