How to Treat Hip Fractures

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When treating hip fractures, use a safe steady chair to do exercises that strengthen the muscles surrounding the hip region. Learn safe exercises to treat hip fractures with help from a physical therapist in this free video on physical therapy treatments.

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Hi, my name is Tricia Trinque, and I'm a physical therapist with Seabreeze Physical Therapy. And today, we'll be talking about how to treat hip fractures. The following materials will be needed. You need to find a safe steady chair to do the exercises. Following a hip fracture, what we're going to be doing is strengthening the muscles surrounding the hip region. The first thing that we'll be doing is what we call hip extension to try to strengthen the gluteus muscles. Michelle will be taking here leg straight out her, keeping her knee straight, and clearing her foot, holding for a count of five, and relaxing. The next exercise we'll be taking the leg out to the side, or hip abduction to strengthen the muscles surrounding the hip. The next exercise will be taking the hip out to the side, keeping the knee straight, in order to strengthen the outer muscles of the hip. The next exercise will be squatting as if to sit into the chair, sitting back, bending at the knees, and again, making sure that the knees don't go past the toes, so that we're strengthening the muscles of quadriceps in the front of the thigh and the hip, holding for five and then returning to standing. Again, my name is Tricia Trinque, with Seabreeze physical therapy. We've demonstrated exercises that can be done following a hip fracture, after being cleared by a physician. Again, these exercised should not cause any pain or discomfort. And should you have any pain or discomfort, while doing these exercises, please contact your physical therapist or physician for further evaluation.

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