My grandma is 90+. she has an airline crack in hip and thigh joint. is treatment possible?

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My grandma is suffering from Alzheimer's and recently had airline crack on her hip and knee joint. Local orthos are saying treatment is not possible. What to do?

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    What have the specialist said the prognosis is if its not surgically fixed, can she walk at all even with a walker, is she in much pain or bedridden
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      That's not good, can you get her a hip spicca that will help support it, also have they given her any light weight exercises to do to stop chances of muscle wastage and DVT, are you in UK, if so you can get community pt also she needs to be turned regularly to stop bed sores, she is being treated conservatively due to frailness and age but with good care she will survive this, I'm also treated conservatively and 19 weeks on, I'm not as old but its a hard slog but can be done, if you need and advice shout up

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    Hi Venkatch,

    Sorry to hear your Grandma has a hairline fracture and that you are concerned about her, it possibly happened if she had a fall. Hairline fractures are common, especially with elderly people and, as the name suggests, this fracture is so small ... just like a hair from your head. The only way this could have been found was from an X-ray and I don't think your Grandma would be ill, bruised or incapacitated in any way by this fracture. Please rest assured that it should heal well on its own and that putting her leg in plaster would not make any difference.

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    Hi Venkatcy

    So sorry for your gram's fall.

    Itcis not unusual for hairline fractures to heal without intervention on their own Ina healthy young perso, we would expect to see healing somewhere in the 8 week range.

    Your grammy is 90, so healing will take longer. And Alzheimer's complicates matters.

    It will help if she renain non weight bearing on the injured leg for a while. Crutches, walker, a wheelchsir just migjt be the most practical choice.

    I would expect the orthos to address her pain if she has any.

    kind regards


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