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If you suffer from a hip fracture, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is A Hip Fracture?

Hip fractures refer to a break or fracture in the proximal femur, which is the upper part of the thigh bone that connects to the hip joint. They are typically caused by a fall or direct trauma to the hip area, and they are most common among older adults, particularly those with osteoporosis or reduced bone density.

Hip fractures are categorized into two main types:

  1. Intracapsular fractures: These fractures occur within the capsule of the hip joint and are further classified as either femoral neck fractures or subtrochanteric fractures. Femoral neck fractures are located just below the ball of the hip joint, while subtrochanteric fractures occur in the region below the femoral neck.
  2. Extracapsular fractures: These fractures occur outside the hip joint capsule and usually involve the intertrochanteric or subtrochanteric regions of the femur.

Indications Of A Hip Fracture

Hip fractures can cause significant pain, swelling, and difficulty in bearing weight on the affected leg. Other common symptoms include:

  1. Inability to move the leg or walk
  2. Bruising or discoloration around the hip area
  3. Shortening or external rotation of the leg
  4. Deformity or angulation at the hip joint
  5. Tenderness or sensitivity at the fracture site

Treatments For A Hip Fracture

Treatment for hip fractures typically involves surgical intervention to stabilize the fracture and promote proper healing. The specific surgical procedure will depend on the type and location of the fracture, as well as the individual’s overall health and mobility. Surgical options may include:

  1. Hip pinning or internal fixation: This involves the use of screws, plates, or rods to stabilize the fracture and hold the bone fragments in place.
  2. Hip replacement or arthroplasty: In some cases, particularly with more severe fractures or older adults, a total hip replacement surgery may be necessary. This involves replacing the damaged or fractured parts of the hip joint with artificial components.

Following surgery, a rehabilitation program is crucial to help restore mobility, strength, and function. This may involve physical therapy, pain management, and assistance with activities of daily living.

Complications associated with hip fractures can include infection, blood clots, pressure sores, and loss of muscle strength. Prompt medical attention and appropriate treatment are important for optimal recovery and minimizing potential complications.

If you suspect a hip fracture, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention. A healthcare professional will evaluate the injury, conduct imaging tests, and determine the most suitable treatment approach based on the individual’s condition.


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