Femoral Neck Fracture Follow-up

Updated: Feb 05, 2021
  • Author: Gerard A Malanga, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Return to Play

Return-to-play criteria in patients following femoral neck fractures require the athlete to have an absence of signs or symptoms of the original injury, full range of motion, normal strength and flexibility, and normal sport-specific mechanics. Athletes must be aware of their own limitations, which is particularly important for the individual gradually returning to a competitive level of activity after injury. [26]

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Prevention

Patient education is an important factor in the prevention of stress fractures. Female athletes should decrease their risk of recurrent fractures by maintaining adequate muscle mass and bone density.

Maintaining proper flexibility is also thought to play a significant role in the prevention of sports-related injuries. Additionally, improvement in aerobic fitness can increase blood flow and oxygenation to all tissues, including the muscles and bones, and it would be a reasonable addition to any rehabilitation and prevention program. Seasonal athletes should be encouraged to cross-train all year or at least undergo preconditioning before participating in their particular sport.

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