WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Every person in the U.S. will experience, on average, two broken bones in their lifetime.
It is expected that more than 6.3 million bones will be broken in the U.S. this year, according to the National Institutes of Health. Average recovery time for a young, healthy adult with a broken arm is six to eight weeks.
Average recovery time for a fractured hip for someone 55 or older is much more serious. Recovery can take six months to a year. One out of three will die due to complications within one year, and for those surviving only 50 percent will regain full mobility within a year, the NIH reports.
Hip fractures are expected to climb by 160 percent to 500,000 fractures annually by 2040. Costs of treating fractured hips continues to skyrocket. Medicare alone paid $31 billion in hip fracture treatment in 2015.
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