Senior Health

Geriatric Fractures

What is a geriatric fracture?

A fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone that occurs when the physical force exerted on the bone is stronger than the bone itself. As you age, your bones become more brittle and you are more likely to suffer fractures from falls that would not occur when you were young.

Each year there are more than 320,000 hospitalizations for hip fractures; more than 90 percent of these for people 65 and older. With a hip fracture, it usually hurts too much to stand and your leg may turn outward or shorten. In most cases, you need hospitalization and surgery. Seek immediate medical attention for this type of fracture.

The Geriatric Fracture Program at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock is dedicated exclusively to the care of older patients with fractures and is the first of its kind in Little Rock. Through various rehab and senior wellness programs, the program is designed to help patients achieve the best possible outcome and curb the negative effects of geriatric bone fractures.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain and swelling in the injured area
  • Obvious deformity in the injured area
  • Difficulty using or moving the injured area in a normal manner
  • Warmth, bruising, or redness in the injured area

The symptoms of a broken bone may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

What treatment options are available?

The Geriatric Fracture program at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock is designed to provide improved care to meet the special needs of the geriatric fracture patient. Our exclusive program includes a multi-disciplinary approach with orthopedic surgeons, hospitalists, anesthesiologists, nurses and rehabilitation therapists all working together to streamline and offer the best orthopedic rehabilitation centers possible for patients. Whether a patient needs to be directly admitted from another hospital or nursing home, or brought in by ambulance, we are prepared and ready to provide excellent care.

Fractured bones can cause a tremendous amount of pain, and effective pain management is one of the Geriatric Fracture program's primary goals from the time a patient arrives. In addition to pain management by medicine, we aim for early surgical treatment to relieve the pain from the fracture. After surgery, pain management remains an important focus and pain continues to be managed by our dedicated, interdisciplinary team and orthopedic rehabilitation centers.