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After fracturing a hip, you'll have a tailored rehabilitation programme to help you regain your mobility and independence as soon as possible.

Prompt surgery and an effective rehabilitation programme have been proven to reduce the length of a person's hospital stay and help them to recover their mobility faster.

Multi-disciplinary team

Your rehabilitation will usually involve a multi-disciplinary team (a team of different healthcare professionals working together). The team may include:

Rehabilitation in hospital

A physiotherapy assessment and mobilisation, such as weight-bearing exercises, should begin the day after hip fracture surgery.

While you're in hospital, your rehabilitation may take place in:

Being discharged

How long you need to stay in hospital will depend on your condition and how soon you regain mobility. If you're otherwise healthy, you may be able to leave hospital around 1 week after surgery.

Before you're discharged, an occupational therapist may assess your home to see whether you'll need any mobility aids fitted, such as handrails. You may also be given a walking aid, such as a walking stick or crutch.

Your GP and carer (if you have one) may be told when you're being discharged so that plans can be made to support you. After you've been discharged you may need to:

This will be discussed with you before you're discharged.

Find out more about arranging for care before you leave hospital.

Rehabilitation programme

After a hip fracture, you'll follow a rehabilitation programme that includes exercises to help improve your strength and mobility.

Your individualised programme will depend on your current level of fitness and mobility and may involve some of the following:

It's extremely important that you follow your rehabilitation programme after a hip fracture to ensure you regain as much fitness and mobility as possible.

Care and support

It may be useful to read our guide to social care and support – written for people with care and support needs, as well as their carers and family.

It includes information and advice on:

Age UK

Age UK, a charity for older people, has more useful information and advice about healthy bones and keeping fit.