Older patients treated with physical therapy prior to hip surgery
experience better outcomes than those who do not

Hip fractures are the most common fractures in older adults, and their frequency is growing as a result of an aging population. Rehabilitation methods like physical therapy are recommended after hip fractures to prevent the loss of patients’ independence, but many patients also require surgery if their condition is severe enough. Occasionally, surgery for these patients needs to be delayed, which can lead to complications that will have a negative impact on their outcomes. One possible solution is to provide physical therapy before surgery (preoperative physical therapy) but research on this topic is limited. For this reason, a study was conducted to determine the effect of preoperative physical therapy on older adults who have hip surgery. Results indicated that the patients who did undergo physical therapy experienced a number of benefits and better outcomes compared to those who did not. In particular, these patients became significantly more independent in their daily lives and were also discharged from the hospital at a faster rate compared to those who did not receive the therapy. Preoperative physical therapy is therefore recommended for older patients preparing for hip surgery to increase their chances of having a successful outcome.