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Mom is 91 and fell backwards into the tub. She went to ER

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Mom is 91 and fell backwards into the tub. She went to ER and had xrays. Nothing broken, reportedly. She has much arthritis in her lower back. She c/o continued lower left back 'pain'. It has been a week since she fell. What's a general rule of thumb for someone her age to 'heal'?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  healthydoc replied 4 months ago.

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Hello and thank you for your question.

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Did she have any bruising after the fall in her lower back?

healthydoc :

Given her age and history of arthritis it may take time to heal the injury that she has due to the fall.

Customer:

None noted. Her right fore arm had two skin tears and her upper back also hurt initially.

healthydoc :

okay. It would take at least two to three weeks for the injury to heal.

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She needs to apply moist heat compress and take medication regularly for at least two weeks for speedy recovery.

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If she develops a muscle spasm than she would need PT and muscle relaxants.

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Thank you very much. It is what I had suspected, but needed verification.

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You're welcome.

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