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Returning to Normal After a Hip Fracture

Hip fracture, a serious injury that usually requires surgery, occurs more commonly in older adults, particularly where underlying conditions such as osteoporosis are present. While surgical procedures are usually effective, recovery often hinges on more than just the surgery. Your overall health, previous level of mobility and whether you begin and stick to a physical therapy plan soon after surgery play an important role in your recovery.
As your hip heals, we will help you identify the point at which you can place more weight on the affected leg. You will also receive assistance with walking, moving, sitting and performing many normal activities. As your recovery progresses, new exercises will be added to improve your strength and endurance. The goal is to have you functioning once again as independently as possible.
Your rehabilitation program will also help you function more comfortably and independently at home. Equipment to facilitate this transition includes a toilet seat riser, shower chair and a specially designed “grabber” stick that enables you to more easily retrieve items from the floor or a high shelf. We will also demonstrate • safer tub and shower transfers
• more comfortable transitions rolling over, sitting up, and getting in and out of bed
• improved balance in day-to-day movement
• overall enhanced motions and functioning
By strengthening other parts of your body to improve your overall stability, balance and coordination, physical therapy will also help you learn how to prevent a fall. Stretching, resistance training, balance training, breathing exercises and aerobic exercises will help improve your mobility.  Studies show that the prognosis is good for patients who engage in home care physical therapy after a hip fracture. You can improve your fitness, strength, flexibility and coordination by including regular exercise early on in the rehabilitation process.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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