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Recovering from a fall (age 72).

11/13/2008

Question:

After tripping and landing on my right hip/buttock last week, I thought I was okay and continued activity on my feet for next 3 days. Wound up with extreme pain in center of right buttock and inability to walk without assistance. Orthopedist Xrayed, said no fracture, prescribed Lortab 5 and although pain has lessened, I still can`t walk without a cane. Can this be muscle damage?

Answer:

Yes, it can be soft tissue injury (muscles, ligaments, tendons), keep walking and doing exercises. See a physical therapist and give it time to heal....may take few more weeks. Thanks for the inquiry.

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Arvind   Modawal, MD, MPH, MRCGP Arvind Modawal, MD, MPH, MRCGP
Professor of Family & Community Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati