A hip fracture could keep you off your feet

The thought of a hip fracture is enough to make most people cringe. In addition to the pain and discomfort, this type of injury can keep you off your feet for an extended period of time.

Unfortunately, many people suffer this injury every year. Hip fractures are particularly common among workers in fast paced industries, such as construction or warehousing.

Before we discuss the treatment strategies for a hip fracture, here's something to remember: This can be the result of many types of accidents.

For example, if a construction worker falls from a ladder, he or she could suffer this injury among many others.

If you injure this part of your body, it's important to receive immediate medical attention. A hip fracture will not properly heal on its own, but instead it typically calls for surgery.

The type of surgery depends on a variety of factors, such as your age, health condition and severity of the fracture.

For example, an internal repair, with the use of screws, is common. With this, screws are inserted into the bone to keep it in place as it heals.

In other cases, a partial or total hip replacement is necessary. For example, if you have a history of hip problems, such as a previous fracture, total hip replacement may be necessary.

Along with surgery, you'll soon find yourself on a rigorous rehabilitation schedule. In most cases, you will begin to rehab your injury the day after surgery. This can be painful, but it will go a long way in helping you regain full range of motion.

Of course, you can rely on pain medication during the recovery process. With this, you can more easily manage the pain associated with the initial injury and surgery.

As you can imagine, a hip fracture, followed by surgery, will keep you off your feet for an extended period of time. For this reason, if you were injured at work, you need to consider your legal rights.

For most, this means filing a workers' compensation claim. If approved, you will begin to receive benefits right away. If denied for any reason, you'll want to file an appeal. Also, don't hesitate to consult with an attorney, as you can't afford to have your case drag on too long. Instead, you need the compensation to get by until you're able to return to work.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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