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What are the biggest causes of hip fractures?

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Dr. Robin Baird
General Practice
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robin Baird
Dr. Robin Baird
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Dr. Meir Marmor
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Meir Marmor
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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine

In brief: Falls

Hip fractures most commonly occur in the elderly and occur as a result of simple falls.

In brief: Falls

Hip fractures most commonly occur in the elderly and occur as a result of simple falls.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: Falls

Some are due to osteoporosis alone and break spontaneously.
Others can be due to trauma such as car accidents. A smaller number are caused by cancer.

In brief: Falls

Some are due to osteoporosis alone and break spontaneously.
Others can be due to trauma such as car accidents. A smaller number are caused by cancer.
Dr. Barry Waldman
Dr. Barry Waldman
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