Published online Oct 18, 2013. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v4.i4.248
Revised: July 15, 2013
Accepted: September 4, 2013
Published online: October 18, 2013
Core tip: The recovery of strength and function in patients with hip fractures is an on-going challenge. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility of a 6-wk progressive lower limb strength-training programme. To our knowledge, this was the first study to implement such a program successfully in an outpatient geriatric setting within 2-3 wk after hip fracture surgery. Training loads, muscle strength and functional performances improved without an increase in hip fracture-related pain, which is considered new and important knowledge for all professionals aiming to improve the rehabilitation outcomes of patients with hip fractures.