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A hip fracture is a break in the upper quarter of your thigh bone. Most hip fractures are either femoral neck fractures or intertrochanteric fractures.
A femoral neck fracture occurs in the area of bone just below the femoral head, known as the ball of the hip joint. An intertrochanteric fracture occurs between the femoral neck and the long straight part of the femur.
If you are experiencing hip pain, schedule an appointment with JIS Orthopedics today. We have offices conveniently located in New Albany and St. Clairsville, OH. Our hip specialists look forward to answering any questions you may have and helping you on the road to recovery!
Hip fracture symptoms usually begin suddenly. However, it’s also possible for symptoms to develop and worsen over time. Some of the symptoms of a hip fracture are listed below.
Most hip fractures happen as a result of falls or automobile accidents. Some risk factors for developing a hip fracture include advancing age and osteoarthritis. Hip fractures are more common among the elderly because bones can weaken with age.
Some athletes may suffer from stress fractures in their hips because of the repetitive strain exerted over a long period of time.
Your orthopedic doctor can diagnose your hip fracture. He will begin by asking you about what caused the trauma and performing a physical exam of the affected area.
In order to know the full extent of your fracture, your doctor may order some imaging tests. The following imaging tests may be used in diagnosing a hip fracture:
Hip fracture treatment will depend on the extent of your injury. The following list contains some of the treatment options for a hip fracture:
Many hip fractures will heal within 10 -12 weeks, but our goal is to have you up and mobile as soon as possible, often the same day you have surgery. For the surrounding muscle to regain strength and mobility, you may need as much as 6 months to reach full recovery, and you will reach the maximum amount of benefit after 1 year.
It is essential to start recovery as soon as possible, as most gains are obtained in the early stages of recovery.
Hip fracture prevention includes reducing the possibility of falling and strengthening your body to withstand any potential falls. Some preventative measures you could try to avoid getting a hip fracture are listed below.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your hips, schedule an appointment with JIS Orthopedics today. We have offices conveniently located in New Albany and St. Clairsville, OH. Our hip specialists can help you address your pain issues and implement a treatment plan to get you back to doing what you love!