Left to right: Lina Palazzolo, occupational therapist assistant; Lynne Linder; and Allison Buehrle, physical therapist

Few things are as limiting to adults as a broken hip.

 

However, Lynne Linder didn’t let a fall and pelvis fracture stop her from getting on with her life, thanks to rehabilitation at The Westchester House in Chesterfield, Missouri. She wanted to get back to her medical records job.

 

When Linder arrived at the skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility on Nov. 21, 2016, she needed assistance with walking, bathing, hygiene, getting dressed, standing up and even getting around in a wheelchair. She had trouble with her balance and could only walk 125 feet with a wheeled walker.

 

Linder met with physical and occupational therapists five days a week to work on regaining her independence. PTs helped her with upper-body and lower-body exercises, including using the NuStep recumbent cross trainer. They also focused on balance training and helping her relearn to walk.

 

Meanwhile, OTs taught Linder how to take care of her activities of daily living.

 

“Lynne achieved all of her goals through hard work and determination,” said Allison Buehrle, physical therapist. “She can now return to work and her prior functional level.”

 

Linder returned home independently on Jan. 7, 2017, able to walk up to 900 feet with a support cane. She had also brought down her fall risk to a low level.

 

"I can’t say enough about the great people who have worked with me,” said Linder. “They have been patient when needed and pushed me to improve every day. I truly believe I am stronger now than before my injury.”