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Dr. James Shapiro
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What is the pathophysiology of a hip fracture?

What is the pathophysiology of a hip fracture?

Too much stress: All fractures occur when more stress is applied to the bone then the bone can tolerate. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. James Dukelow
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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. John Michalski
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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

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Bertrand Kaper
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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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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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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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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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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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Dr. Andrew Lipton
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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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Dr. Jason Boyer
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Can you walk if your hip is fractured?

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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Dr. Nathan Lilya
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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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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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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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Dr. Meir Marmor
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What are the biggest causes of hip fractures?

Falls from standing: older population - balance problems (due to medical conditions or medicines) , poor eyesight, loss of coordination and muscle strength, slower reflexes - all these lead to increased rate of low energy falls that in combination with osteoporosis cause hip fractures younger population - high energy accidents (usually fall from height or motor) cause similar fractures ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Broken bone is also known as Fracture. A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more


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