A 45-year-old member asked:
what are the signs of fractured neck of femur (broken hip)?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Pain and others: A fractured femur is a very painful condition, especially when trying to bear weight on the affected side or when trying to move the leg.
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Pain, can't walk: Femoral neck fractures are extremely debilitating. Elders get these fractures commonly and may have the affected leg shorter than the other and/or rotated. The patient will not bear weight on this side. Sometimes these fractures are less obvious, requiring advanced imaging studies (like mri) to detect. In this case, if you give a tap on the heel, sometimes the patient will feel it up in the hip.
Last updated Jun 7, 2017
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