Orthopaedic Trauma in the Elderly

  • William Min
  • Kenneth A. Egol
  • Joseph D. Zuckerman


Injuries to the musculoskeletal system in the elderly can be devastating. Many medical and social factors specific to older patients require special consideration when dealing with these injuries both acutely and throughout their rehabilitation. The geriatric segment of the population is rapidly growing and sustains a disproportionate number of fractures compared to others [1–3]. The specific goal of all orthopaedic care is to restore patient function to a preinjury level. Decreased bone stock, muscular weakness, systemic disease, and poor mentation are some challenges that make a return to independent living status difficult following such injuries. Immobilization and the use of devices to assist in ambulation (crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs) may require an elderly patient to be subjected to institutional care for an extended period of time. The following is an overview of the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment considerations in treating geriatric patients with fractures and associated injuries.


Rotator Cuff Injury Severity Score Femoral Neck Fracture Distal Radius Fracture Inferior Vena Cava Filter 
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The authors wish to acknowledge Drs. Frank A. Liporace and Kenneth J. Koval for their work in this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Min
    • 1
  • Kenneth A. Egol
  • Joseph D. Zuckerman
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryNYU Hospital for Joint DiseasesNew YorkUSA

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