Hip Fractures

Also known as: broken hip.

What are hip fractures?

A hip fracture refers to a break in the thigh bone, or femur, close to where it enters the hip socket (acetabulum). The fracture can vary in severity, typically depending on how the injury occurred.

What causes hip fractures?

Automobile accidents and falls from heights are the most common causes of hip fractures. They also occasionally occur during collisions or falls while playing sports.

What are the symptoms of hip fractures?

Pain and discomfort, particularly when trying to move the hip, occur with hip fractures. The leg may also be difficult to move or appear shorter than the other leg.

What are hip fracture care options?

Almost all hip fractures require surgical treatment that includes placement of metal plates and/or screws. In rare cases, bed rest and restricted movement can be sufficient for the fracture to heal.

Reviewed by: Kevin S Horowitz, MD

This page was last updated on: August 19, 2020 01:05 PM

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