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Dr. Charles Toman
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Hip Fracture (Overview)

A break in the upper quarter of the femur (thigh) bone. The extent of the break depends on the forces that are involved. The type of surgery used to treat a hip fracture is primarily based on the bones and soft tissues affected or on the level of the fracture.


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How does a hip fracture affect women with osteoporosis?

How does a hip fracture affect women with osteoporosis?

Increases new risks: Women with hip fractures and osteoporosis are at higher risk for another fragility fracture in the future. Work on balance, strengthen your leg muscles with weight bearing exercise, take your calcium and vitamin d, ask your doctor about bone stimulating medications. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Toman
127 doctors shared insights

Hip Fracture (Overview)

A break in the upper quarter of the femur (thigh) bone. The extent of the break depends on the forces that are involved. The type of surgery used to treat a hip fracture is primarily based on the bones and soft tissues affected or on the level of the fracture.


Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
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I am looking for a residential facility which rehabilitates persons diagnosed with hip fracture. Any guides?

I am looking for a residential facility which rehabilitates persons diagnosed with hip fracture. Any guides?

The social worker: I would speak to the social worker in the hospital where the fracture was diagnosed and first treated. The hospital social workers are aware of all local rehab facilities in your area, and you can ask their opinion as to which facilities would be most appropriate based upon your individual patients needs. ...Read more

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Can saciatic nerve cause hip fracture?

Can saciatic nerve cause hip fracture?

No: One is not necessarily related to the other. However, in severe trauma, both the hip and sciatic nerve can be injured together. ...Read more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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How is electrical stimulation used to treat a hip fracture?

May be helpful: The most notable effect is that this type of electrical stimulation seems to cause some bone cells to proliferate. There are other cellular effects of electrical currents on the broken bone, but by stimulating bone cells to divide, healing of bone is accelerated. According to jonathan cluett, M.D. ...Read more

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How is a hip fracture typically treated?

Surgery: Most hip fractures are treated operatively. The type of implant depends on the type of hip fracture. ...Read more

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Are there any treatment options rather than surgery for a hip fracture?

Are there any treatment options rather than surgery for a hip fracture?

Yes there are : In the old days they use to keep them in traction and then ambulate with no weight bearing tell the fracture heal. ...Read more

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What are some of the treatments for hip fractures?

What are some of the treatments for hip fractures?

Surgery: Most fractured hips require surgery because they heal poorly, or not at all without some form of hardware to hold the broken bones in place. Some, especially in older patients, require replacement. ...Read more

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How can I prevent falling and having a hip fracture?

How can I prevent falling and having a hip fracture?

Exercise: It is important to exercise to improve balance, strengthen muscles, and help maintain/build bone density. Balance and flexibility can be improved with exercises such as tai chi and yoga. Making home safety improvements is important as well. Review medications with your physician to evaluate for any possible side effects, i.e. Drowsiness which can increase the risk of falls. ...Read more

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What is optimal BP to balance risks of a second ischemic stroke or a second hip fracture in a senior?

Unique need: The answer is not definable from your information. Too little blood pressure reduces brain blood flow & may contribute to loss of balance, leading to hip fracture. The patient has unique features making a specific number impossible to give. How high is too high? The pressure should be high enough to maintain brain blood flow but not so high to cause heart strain. ...Read more

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Can hip pads help someone who falls a lot prevent hip fractures?

Possibly: Nothing protects against fractures better than avoiding the falls in the first place but hip pads can be helpful for someone who chronically falls. Using a walker, removing throw rugs, lighting poorly lit areas, balance training, and muscle strengthening with weight bearing exercise and proper nutrition are all parts of the prevention program. ...Read more

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How do u help a hip fracture?

Usually surgery: Hip fractures usually refer to proximal femur fractures near the hip joint. Most of these fractures are treated surgically with fixation or a hip replacement unless the patient is too medically unstable for surgery. ...Read more

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What to do about hip fracture pt?

Depends: The first thing to determine is whether this fracture requires surgical correction. If it doesn't, then the bone will heal on its own, and pt will benefit you by increasing your strength around the joint. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a hip fracture?

Hip groin pain: Hip symptoms are felt in the groin. But a fracture can occur in a variety of areas in the hip and can be felt in general in different areas. A lot of people complain of pain along the outer pelvis. This is usually not where you feel hip pain and more often bursitis of the hip. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
1,513 doctors shared insights

Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more