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HIP FRACTURES

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 occur when the proximal femur, the upper part of the thigh bone that connects to the hip joint, breaks or fractures. 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. Moreover, other signs of a hip fracture include inability to move the leg or walk, bruising or discoloration around the hip area, shortening or external rotation of the leg, deformity or angulation at the hip joint, and 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:

Surgeons utilize hip pinning or internal fixation, employing screws, plates, or rods to stabilize the fracture and hold the bone fragments in place. In cases of more severe fractures or among older adults, total hip replacement surgery, known as arthroplasty, may be necessary. Additionally, this procedure entails 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 this condition 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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