Home-Based Exercise Program Helps Hip Fracture Patients

by Ryan Halvorson on Apr 14, 2014

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Many older adults who break a hip contend with physical limitations even after rehabilitation. According to researchers led by Nancy K. Latham, PhD, PT, of Boston University in Massachusetts, a home-based exercise program may offer a way to reduce those limitations and improve strength and mobility.

Latham’s study included 232 older adults who had completed rehabilitation following a hip fracture. A physical therapist taught about half of the group “functionally oriented” exercises. Subjects were then tasked with completing the exercises—which included moves like sit-to-stand and climbing a step—without supervision. Remaining participants did not perform any of the movements; however, they did receive in-home and phone-based “cardiovascular nutrition education.”

“Among the 232 randomized patients, 195 were followed up at 6 months and included in the primary analysis,” said the authors. “The intervention group (n = 100) showed significant improvement relative to the control group (n = 95) in functional mobility.”

The report was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2014; 311[7], 700–708).

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Ryan Halvorson

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Ryan Halvorson is the chief content officer for Fit Scribe Media (www.fitscribemedia.com); contributing editor for IDEA Health & Fitness Association; director of group training at Bird Rock Fit in La Jolla, CA; a Master Instructor for Metabolic Effect and the creator of www.Fat2Fitin30.com, a lifestyle organization dedicated to finding ways to achieve improved fitness, nutrition and healthy living habits in 30 minutes or less. He is an internationally recognized speaker and has written for publications such as DETAILS and GQ.