Waiting too long before getting proper treatment
A common problem we see is that patients wait too long before they start working through a proper rehabilitation programme. Often, patients feel they need to rest and recover for a few months or even years and only then feel the need to start with rehabilitation. Now, you’ve gotten used to walking with a painful limp or walking with a crutch, and you never fully recovered. Now, the problem is a lot more advanced and it will take a lot longer to get better.
Trying out, but not completing different forms of treatment
Often, while recovering from a broken hip, patients try to get pain relief by taking medication or getting a voltaren and cortisone injection. However, these treatments will only give you temporary pain relief, because you are not addressing the root of the problem. The pain that you are feeling in your hip is due to poor hip stability, weak hip muscles and a poor walking pattern. The only way to address this is by working through all the steps of a rehabilitation programme to get your hip conditioned to handle more load. It takes time and effort, but it will be worth your while.
Resting too much or too little
Resting too much leaves you weaker than before. Moving too much causes extra pain and inflammation. Finding the balance between resting and doing safe movements is key!
Use of crutches
While recovering from a hip fracture, you will need to use a walking aid to give you some stability. Initially, you might need to use a walking frame and with time you should feel strong enough to use crutches. Eventually, you need to stop using crutches and walk without any help.
However, people tend to get very used to a crutch or a walking stick. You become dependent on the extra stability it gives you. In some cases it is a handy tool, especially if you know you are going to walk far or on uneven terrain. But, wouldn’t it be so much easier and so much more convenient if you can walk without it? You need to ask yourself the question: “Am I using my crutch because I really need it or am I using it simply because I am scared or too lazy to exercise to get my hip stronger?”.
Let us help you to address these problems so that you can fully recover after a broken hip.