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How to tell if your hip is fractured?

How to tell if your hip is fractured?

Hip fracture: You need and xray of your hip. Sometimes an occult fracture will be diagnosed with MRI or bone scan. Check with and orthopedic surgeon for likely surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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


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Please tell me what are signs of a fractured hip?

Please tell me what are signs of a fractured hip?

Hip fx: Severe pain after trauma associated with swelling, bruising and inability bear weight ...Read more

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How to tell if my hip is fractured/broken?

How to tell if my hip is fractured/broken?

Severe pain: A fracture of the hip is a very painful event- typically caused by a traumatic injury. You will not be able to move the hip without significant pain. Recommend getting an xray in the er or with an orthopaedic surgeon to evaluate. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long for a person to recuperate after fractured hip surgery?

Can you tell me how long for a person to recuperate after fractured hip surgery?

Depends....: This really depends on the person and the surgery. What kind of surgery did the person have? What were the restrictions given by the surgeon after surgery? What was his function before surgery? What is is weight? Dis hue/she have associated injuries? What kind of support does he have (family)? what is his/hers occupation? Did the injury happen at work? What physical therapy is he/she getting? Etc. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a minor hip fracture?

How can I tell if I have a minor hip fracture?

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about a stress fracture in the hip?

What can you tell me about a stress fracture in the hip?

Several months: A stress fracture in the hip is more
serious than almost any other
stress fractures.
It will take several months to heal
and is unusual in that it is one
of the few stress fractures that may
require surgical fixation to allow the
best result. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a hip fracture or pulled hip muscle?

How to tell the difference between a hip fracture or pulled hip muscle?

X-ray: Some pulled mscule around the hip could have fracture with them (avulsion fracture) some do not.
Hip fracture usually visible on x-ray or cat scan. ...Read more

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How could I tell the difference between having a hip fracture and a pulled groin?

How could I tell the difference between having a hip fracture and a pulled groin?

Easy: A hip fracture is much mroe painful, and you will probably not be able to bear weight on that leg at all. If you are walking, then it's not a hip fracture. At your age it would be unlikely to get a fracture without significant trauma, such as a car crash or fall > 10ft. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a hip fracture from a pulled groin muscle?

How can you tell the difference between a hip fracture from a pulled groin muscle?

Doctor evaluation: A good physical examination combined with diagnostic xrays and other studies can tell the difference between a fracture and a pulled muscle. ...Read more

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Can you walk if your hip is fractured?

Usually not: Rarely, the hip fracture will compress upon itself and be stable enough to allow weight bearing, but most of the time, it is too painful to walk on. ...Read more

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How long does a fractured hip take to heal?

How long does a fractured hip take to heal?

Depends: Really depends on fracture location, in regard to the hip anatomy. The manner of fixation and/or repair is determined by this fracture location, which then completely determines the expected recovery. Repair can include pinning, plate fixation, rodding, and/or replacing. Healing and/or recovery can be any where from 6 weeks to 4 months. ...Read more

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My 85 year old grandfather fell and fractured a hip. What kind of recovery is he looking at?

My 85 year old grandfather fell and fractured a hip. What kind of recovery is he looking at?

It varies: To determine the best result of recovery, it depends on his overall health status, cognitve status, the level of fraility, and his baseline functional statis (bathing, walking, eating, transferring, dressing). It is recommended to have geriatric consultation to determine the level of recovery. ...Read more

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Could you walk on a fractured hip?

Could you walk on a fractured hip?

No: A fractured hip is very painful and any weight bearing is excruciating. ...Read more

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What are the biggest causes of hip fractures?

Falls in older folk: The greatest predictor for hip fracture is age. Older people are at much higher risk of fall, are more likely to injure themselves on falling and are more likely to have reduced Bone Mineral Density further increasing the likelihood of fracture.
Specifically, physical frailty, reduced mobility, cognitive impairment, poor eyesight, medical morbidity, poly-pharmacy, predispose to falls in elderly. ...Read more

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Why I get told that I can't learn to swim because I used to have a fractured hip?

Why I get told that I can't learn to swim because I used to have a fractured hip?

I don't know: And I doubt that it's true. If you have a reasonable range of motion, you should be able to learn to swim. If you have limitations, but can walk normally, you can probably learn the scissors kick. If you can abduct and rotate your hip, you can probably learn the frog kick. ...Read more

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I fractured my acetablum awhile back. Just fell on ice and landed on the fractured hip. Could I have caused more damage to it?

Yes: If you fell on an already fractured and not yet healed bone, you can certainly do more damage, especially if you fell onto a hard surface. I would get it evaluated, and possibly imaged, especially if you are having an increase in symptoms or pain. Good luck! ...Read more

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Treatments for a fractured or bruised hip?

Treatments for a fractured or bruised hip?

See an Orthopaedist: Bruised hips will heal with conservative care (rest and therapy) but a fracture may require surgery. Best to see an orthopaedic surgeon and have x-rays taken to identify bruise vs. Fracture. Appropriate treatment can then be recommended. ...Read more

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What happens when an elderly women fractures her hip?

What happens when an elderly women fractures her hip?

Many things!: An osteoportic hip fracture can be lethal, especially for women. It causes death in almost as many women who die from breast cancer. Osteoporosis is preventable. Once a hip fracture occurs, plating and pinning will usually occur, or a hip replacement, depnding on fracture location. ...Read more

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How are hip fractures diagnosed in ER if you are in pain?

How are hip fractures diagnosed in ER if you are in pain?

Xray: A simple x-ray will detect 90% or more of these injuries. If hip pain is there and x-ray is negative, the next step is ct scan or mri. ...Read more

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What is the rehabilitation process for hip fractures like?

What is the rehabilitation process for hip fractures like?

Rehab: Hip fractures are treated either by putting a pin through the fracture (called a gamma nail) or by doing a hemiarthroplasty which is one half of a total hip replacment. Following either, the rehab process involves working with a physical therapist to learn how to transfer safely from bed to chair or wheelchair, beginning to walk, usually with a walker or crutches and then strengthening. ...Read more

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How common are hip fractures in women who didn't take estrogen?

How common are hip fractures in women who didn't take estrogen?

It is significant: Current use of estrogen appears to decrease the risk for fracture in older women. These results suggest that for protection against fractures, estrogen should be initiated soon after menopause and continued indefinitely. ...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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What to do if I might have fractures my hip, where can I get an x-ray?

Immediate care ctr.: You could proceed to an immediate care center, or a local emergency room. Or, if you have a family physician, or internist, you can call to see if they do xrays at their facility. ...Read more

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My cousin fractured his hip, in rehab, how long will be be unable to walk?

Depends: It really depends on the type of fracture, whether surgery is involved, and what type of surgery is performed.
Many hip fractures are treated surgically, allowing for early weightbearing and pain relief. ...Read more

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I need to lose over 100 pounds. I can't exercise much right now. I have two fractured feet, bad back and hip. Can only stand about 2-3 minutes. Idea?

I need to lose over 100 pounds. I can't exercise much right now. I have two fractured feet, bad back and hip. Can only stand about 2-3 minutes. Idea?

Orthopedic inserts: Otherwise known as orthotics, sounds like you need more support. Also talk to you primary about vitamin deficiencies. Brittle bones could be a systemic serious issue.

Orthotics can provide better distribution of your weight. They are devices that fit in your shoes. They are thin and don't take up much space ...Read more

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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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What is worse a fractured hip or a sprain hip flexor?

Surgery vs Rehab: A fracture of the hip will most likely require surgery while a strain of a muscle will require stretching and strength training. ...Read more