Fractures of the proximal femur, commonly referred to as hip fractures, are a significant cause of mortality and disability among older individuals. Surgical repair can involve open reduction with internal fixation with various implants or removal and replacement of the femoral head through hip arthroplasty. For the purposes of this article, focus will be placed on hip fractures treated with open reduction and internal fixation and on discussing recovery across the health care continuum from acute care to rehabilitation facilities to community-based rehabilitation, the major goals of rehabilitation, evidence-based rehabilitation interventions, and examples of standardized measures that may be useful during the rehabilitation process.
Centers for Rehab Services, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Verona, Pennsylvania (Dr Criss); and Centers for Rehab Services, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Sports Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Dr Takacs)
Correspondence: Michelle Criss, PT, DPT, GCS, Centers for Rehab Services, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Seneca Place, 5360 Saltsburg Rd, Verona, PA 15147 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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