Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2007 , Vol 53 , Num 1

Falls and Fractures After Stroke

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1 Ege Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Anabilim Dalı, İzmir, Türkiye

Falls are one of the most commonly seen complications during stroke rehabilitation. Not only they prevent rehabilitation process due to several fall related complications including fractures, but also they lead the patients to restrict activities through fear of falling, to the point of becoming social isolated.  Hip fractures are particularly important due to their morbidity and mortality. Thus, the risk factors should be identified and precautions should be taken. In this paper, causitive factors and risk factors contributing to the fall, fractures and prevention strategies are rewieved. 

Keywords : Stroke, fall, fracture