Practical realization of the long-term goal of fracture treatment restoration of the patient to preinjury function requires a reliable method of assessing functional recovery. Such assessment has traditionally focused on physiciandefined measures of technical success fracture union, alignment, and range of joint motion rather than patient functioning and quality of life. The literature, however, reports weak and inconsistent correlations among improvements in pain, joint motion, functional status, and psychosocial well-being. A patient’s quality of life thus does not necessarily reflect the surgeon’s clinical evaluation; nor do clinical and radiographic outcomes always equate with functional status, particularly in the elderly.
KeywordsFemoral Neck Fracture Intertrochanteric Fracture Ambulatory Status Ambulatory Ability Community Ambulator
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