PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENTS AFTER HIP FRACTURE
Abstract Modern surgical management of hip fractures leads, in most instances, to successful restoration of skeletal integrity of the femur and the possibility for resumption of weight bearing and early locomotion. However, studies of other organs involved in locomotion reveal substantial impairments that may not recover completely, or take much longer to recover and impact many essential facets of locomotion, including ability and speed of walking, chair standing, and stair climbing. This presentation will use data collected between 1 and 3 months after hip fracture surgery, including muscle force generating characteristics of injured and uninjured limbs, postural sway, functional balance capabilities, and pain to characterise recovery of locomotion and the pathway between organ impairments, functional limitation, and disability in older people with hip fracture. The presentation will highlight potential avenues for new effective adjuncts to hip fracture management and consider both research and practice implications.