Identifying and Treating Hip Fractures
Pam Flores | Oct 13, 2015 June 22, 2000
Hip fractures are the number one fracture caused by osteoporosis. Hip fractures almost always need surgical repair, with months of post-operative physical therapy.
Causes of a hip fracture
Most hip fractures are caused by a fall where you land on your side. Osteoporosis and other medical disorders, like cancer or stress injuries, can cause a fracture to a previously weakened bone.
Symptoms of a hip fracture
The inability to walk after sustaining a hip fracture is very common along with significant pain in the upper thigh, groin and when you rotate your hip. This type of fracture can cause tremendous pain and physical limitations, so if you’ve fractured your hip, be sure to discuss treatment with your doctor.
Preventing further damage
Many patients use hip protectors to cushion their fall and protect their hip bone. Canes and walkers are also used to assist in balance and walking to avoid dangerous falls.
Common surgical procedures for hip fractures
The most common surgical procedure for a hip fracture is a hip replacement. This procedure is accomplished by replacing the ball and socket of the femur with an artificial titanium joint.
Strengthening your hip bone to prevent fractures
You should perform targeted exercises for your hip to keep it strong, along with taking calcium, vitamin D and osteoporosis medicines. Walking and other weight bearing exercises, like running, can strengthen your hip joint and prevent fractures.