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Hip Fracture Program at Johnson City Medical Center

Covering all aspects of the healing process following a fracture

The first of its kind in our region, the Hip Fracture Program at Johnson City Medical Center specializes in care for elderly patients who have experienced a fracture.

The program is involved in all aspects of the healing process following a fracture – from the emergency department, through pre-operative preparation, surgical procedure and post-operative rehabilitation to your discharge from the hospital.

We also work with local skilled nursing facilities to help you continue your rehabilitation and recovery process.

The program gives you access to:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Case managers
  • Social workers
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists

…many of whom specialize in geriatric hip fractures.

We also provide coordinated education for patients and family members, with an emphasis on rehabilitation and individualized care.

Did you know?

  • More than 90 percent of hip fractures occur in adults who are 65 or older.
  • Women are three times more likely to be hospitalized from a fall than men.
  • Women have a 1 in 7 chance of having a hip fracture in their lifetime.
  • Men have a 1 in 17 chance of having a hip fracture in their lifetime.
  • Falls are more frequent in residents of nursing homes.
  • There are 350,000 hip fractures per year in the U.S.

Treatment for fractured hips

Treatment will depend on the location and severity of the fracture. The severity of the fracture depends on the intensity of the injury-causing event and the strength of the bone.

To relieve pain from the fracture, we use the most effective medications available and strive for early surgical treatment.

Almost all hip and femur fractures in seniors require surgery.

Physical therapy following surgery

  • You will start physical therapy the first day after surgery and participate in physical therapy daily.
  • Early and daily mobilization after a fracture, either to a chair or to a standing position, is essential to begin recovering after your surgery.
  • You may also receive occupational therapy.

Occupational therapy

  • You may see an occupational therapist if your physician should request it.
  • Once evaluated by the occupational therapist, you and your therapist will establish specific goals based on your particular needs.
  • You will start mobilizing early with a focus on your ability to perform self-care.

Learn more

To find out more about Johnson City Medical Center’s hip fracture program, please call:

  • Johnson City orthopedic services – Misty Jenkins, (423) 431-6937