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Dr. Bradford Patt
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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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How do u help a hip fracture?

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 could cause a hip fracture?

Fall: The most common cause of a hip fracture is from a person sustaining a fall. ...Read more

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What to do about hip fracture pt?

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?

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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What are the signs of a hip fracture?

What are the signs of a hip fracture?

Pain deformtiy: Pain, short leg, inability to walk, leg rotated to the outside ...Read more

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How can I manage with a hip fracture?

How can I manage with a hip fracture?

Take your time: Most fractures heal in 6-8 weeks after fixation.
During that time go slow, don't be in a rush, use your walking aid (walker, crutches, cane) do your exercises, get good nutrition and protein intake and you will do it! ...Read more

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What is done for a minor hip fracture?

Minor define: Uncertain what you mean by minor hip fracture. This needs evaluation and careful treatment. ...Read more

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What are some signs of a hip fracture?

Pain: Pain, pain. Cant walk or put weight on it. ...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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How is a hip fracture typically diagnosed?

Xray: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Why do people often die after a hip fracture?

Depends: Because they are usually already old and frail - that is why they got the fracture in the first place. Young people with hip fractures as a result of injury usually do fine unless they have a lot of other serious injuries. ...Read more

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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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How long does it take for a hip fracture to heal?

How long does it take for a hip fracture to heal?

Fracture: Most bones with good blood supply that are capable of healing will mend within 6-8 weeks. Not all fractures heal easily though, which is influenced by location, displacement, age, health/nutritional status, smoking, etc. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal from a hip fracture?

6 weeks: In general hip fractures take six weeks to heal but it depends on the other clinical comorbidities and other medical problems. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hip fracture?

Broken hip: The hip joint is a ball and socket joint where your femur meets the pelvis. Most hip fractures occur with falls in the elderly or motor vehicle accidents. The most common would be fractures of the top part of the femur bone and the femoral neck or intertroch region. Less common fractures are socket or acetabular fractures. Avulsion of muscle attachments can also occur. ...Read more

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How long after a hip fracture can you lay on your side?

Uncertain: Each person is an individual. In general it takes six weeks for a hip fracture to heal. Depending on the other clinical conditions this might influence this decision as to what position you can be in. ...Read more

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What are the signs of fractured neck of femur (broken hip)?

What are the signs of fractured neck of femur (broken hip)?

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. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pain after two years after a hip fracture?

What is the cause of pain after two years after a hip fracture?

Needs evaluation: One can worry about re-fracture or maybe it is due to another hip problem such as arthritis. This needs an evaluation. ...Read more

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How safe is fosama to take if you have already had a hip fracture?

How safe is fosama to take if you have already had a hip fracture?

Safe: Fosamax (alendronate) and other diphosphonates are helpful in maintaining bone density in older patients w/ bone osteopenia; usually documented w/ bone densitometry. Atypical proximal femur and hip fractures have been seen in patients on diphosphonates for long periods of time, but these are relatively rare. See your pcp or an endocrinologist for evaluation if you have questions about treatment alternatives. Gl! ...Read more

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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?

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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How severe is a "comminuted hip fracture"?

How severe is a "comminuted hip fracture"?

Hip Fracture: "comminuted" is a term that means multiple pieces. In general a hip fracture itself is a rather severe injury. Usually a "comminuted" fracture means there is more damage present. ...Read more

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Why do old people die after a hip fracture?

Why do old people die after a hip fracture?

Increased Risk: Hip fracture, particularly in frail, elderly patients, can start a downward spiral: being unable to ge up & walk makes them more likely to develop clots in their legs, pneumonia, bedsores, and other problems which can lead to more complications, ultimatly leading to death. ...Read more

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Can you explain a intertrochanteric hip fracture?

Location: There are different locations in the hip. The location of the fracture depends where in the hip this occurs. The intertrochaneric fracture occurs between the
greater and lesser trochanters. There are also femerol neck fractures and subtrochanteric fractures and femoral shaft fractures. Location location location. ...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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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


Dr. Charles Toman
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Hip Fracture (Definition)

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 ...Read more