Hip Fractures

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Fracture Care

A hip fracture is a break in the upper portion of the femur (thighbone). Hip fractures generally occur in elderly patients who experience weakened bones due to osteoporosis. When a hip fracture occurs in a younger patient, usually this is the result of a high-energy event such as a car crash or fall from a height. In some instances, stress fractures can occur from overuse usually seen in long-distance runners or from intense prolonged repetitive movements.

Hip fractures can be a serious and painful injury, and for this reason, you should consult your physician immediately. Treating the fracture and getting the patient mobile again can help prevent medical complications such as bedsores, blood clots, and pneumonia.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Inability to get up from a fall or to walk
  • Severe pain in your hip or groin
  • Inability to put weight on your leg on the side of your injured hip
  • Bruising and swelling in and around your hip area
  • Shorter leg on the side of your injured hip
  • Outward turning of your leg on the side of your injured hip

Usually, hip fractures are acutely painful and localized to the groin and upper part of the thigh. You most likely will not be able to bear weight on the upper leg or knee. You should still have the ability to move the ankle and toes unless there are additional injuries to the lower leg.

You should consult a physician or emergency center immediately if a hip fracture is suspected. Your care team will determine the best course of action for treating the pain and the fracture.

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