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Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
SJR: 0.121 SNIP: 0.228 CiteScore™: 0.17

ISSN Imprimir: 0896-2960
ISSN En Línea: 2162-6553

Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevPhysRehabilMed.v10.i1.10
pages 1-13

Rehabilitation of Hip Fractures: a Review

Reuben Eldar
Loewenstein Hospital–Rehabilitation Center, Raanana, Israel
Eli Isakov
The Department for Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Loewenstein Hospital-Rehabilitation Center, Raanana, and Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel


Hip fractures are common in the elderly population and have a pronounced bearing on patients' subsequent functional capacity, their state of dependency, and their ability to live in the community; a significant proportion of these patients die during the first year following the fracture. Appropriate surgical treatment results in successful mechanical repair of the fracture, but both the short- and long-term outcome, in terms of the patients' ability to return to their prefracture status, are disappointing. Adequate after-care and rehabilitation following surgery improves the functional recovery even in those patients considered to have a poor prognosis. In order to enable hip fracture patients to continue living in the community, and to prevent long-term institutionalization, optimized facilities for surgical repair and an effective and efficient after-care and rehabilitation system are required, including home services.