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Hip Fracture Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery

Central to our bodies, hips are a critical piece for us to move comfortably. They help us walk, stretch our back, dance, and so much more. When someone encounters a hip fracture, it can alter every day life.

Both young and old are susceptible to hip fractures with high impact incidents, falls, and other accidents. As we age and we experience bone loss, this can make it easier to fracture our hips. According to Stanford Health, osteoporosis is the leading cause of hip fracture.

Something like a fractured hip can significantly impact quality of life, and needs to be addressed quickly.

Causes, Signs and Symptoms of a Hip Fracture

With a fractured hip you’ll likely experience discomfort and pain. You may find it difficult or impossible to put weight on the side of the body the hip is fractured, or stand up at all.

With limited mobility the possibility for blood clots, bed sores, and other issues rises. The longer you wait, the more likely it is for the pathophysiology to compound. On top of this it can make rehabilitation and recovery more difficult.

If you have any indication, you have a hip fracture, don’t wait to schedule an appointment.

Types of Fractures

Imaging is required to determine the type of fracture you have.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, you can have a femoral neck, intertrochanteric, or subtrochanteric fractures. These can be hairline/stress fractures, or more significant breaks.

Femoral Neck: This fracture happens 1 to 2 inches from your hip joint and is common with older adults, often with osteoporosis. 45%-53% of all hip fractures are femoral neck fractures

Intertrochanteric: A break in the intertrochanteric area (between the greater and lesser trochanter) of the femur or hip is an intertrochanteric fracture.

Subtrochanteric: Less common, a subtrochanteric fracture is further down the femur, and can create additional anatomical issues.

Treatment

Treatment of a hip fracture almost always requires surgery, except in situations where the injured person is too sick, or have a naturally healing injury.

The surgery will utilize screws and plates to reconnect the bone in the hip and/or femur.

JIS also performs partial and total hip replacement, which could be appropriate based on imaging findings. These can help to avoid a condition called avascular necrosis, that can develop in the head of the femur. It damages bone cells and can cause arthritis.

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Hip Fracture Recovery/Healing

Given the significance of this injury, unfortunately the road to recovery can be lengthy.

The timeline will likely be 6 months to 1 year.

If you’re younger, you may heal faster and closer to the 6–8-month range. If you’re older, you’ll likely be in the 9–12-month range.

The recovery process will require Physical Therapy to build strength, balance, and mobility. This will help you to get back to day-to-day activities.

JIS can diagnose and treat your injury, and help you recover

Our team of experienced surgeons can perform surgery, and help you recover back to normality as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment, and live without limits today!

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