Hip Fractures

What is a Hip Fracture?

Hip fractures occur when there is a break in the upper part of the thighbone (located near the hip joint). Hip fractures are a serious type of hip injury. In some cases, hip fractures can be life threatening.

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Hip Fracture Causes

There are many potential hip fracture causes. Hip fractures tend to be more common in older patients. Hip fracture causes include, but are not limited to:

  • Significant impact on the hip, such as a car crash
  • Falling (especially in older patients)
  • Twisting the leg while standing (especially in patients with weak bones)
  • and more

Hip Fracture Symptoms

Hip fracture symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Not being able to move after a fall
  • Severe groin or hip pain
  • Not being able to put weight on your leg on the side that the fall or impact occurred
  • A sensation of stiffness in and around the hip
  • Bruising in and around the hip
  • Swelling in and around the hip
  • The leg on the side that the fall or impact occurred is shorter among others

Hip Fracture Treatments

Depending on the severity, surgery may be necessary for an effective hip fracture treatment. However, in some cases, non-surgical hip fracture treatments may work.

Hip fracture treatments include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Surgical hip repair
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Medication
  • and more

Hip fractures can be a serious, life threatening injury. Because of this, it's important to talk to a hip specialist about an individualized care plan that's personalized to you and your condition.

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