Pandemic isolation magnifies risk of falls for seniors

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Harbachan Kaur Mudhar does her physio session with Daniel Badra at the Gingras-Lindsay rehabilitation centre on Friday, November 26, 2021. 
(René Bruemmer/ Healthing) — Harbachan Kaur Mudhar was taking a shower when her knee gave out and she suddenly found herself sitting in her bathtub, her leg bent in a peculiar way.
“I saw my leg in a different kind of position and shape,” she said. “And I thought, ‘Here we go.’ ”
There was no pain, until the paramedics came to lift her out of the tub. Then there was a lot of pain.

Surgeons at the Lakeshore General Hospital installed a metal rod to repair her fractured femur in late October. After a week, she was transferred to a rehabilitation centre in Côte-des-Neiges where she will have to live for another five weeks, undergoing two physiotherapy sessions a day. Doctors estimate a full recovery will take three to six months. (…)

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