Hip Fractures

Causes  |  Symptoms  |  Treatment Options

What Are Hip Fractures?

Hip fractures occur more commonly in elderly individuals who are suffering from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the weakening of one’s bones, such that minor falls and trauma may easily fracture a bone.

What Are The Symptoms Of Hip Fractures?

Patients who fracture a hip will feel pain in the hip which is worse with trying to stand on it or when trying to move the limb. Most patients with hip fractures will be unable to stand or walk.

What Are The Treatment Options Available For Hip Fractures?

The majority of hip fractures will require surgery to realign and stabilise the bone or replace the joint.

The type of surgery depends on the location and type of hip fracture. Early and appropriate surgery will allow the patient to start walking earlier and restore function and independence.

The long-term effects of leaving a hip fracture untreated often include one being wheelchair-bound and unable to walk, as well as urinary or lung infections and bedsores from prolonged sitting and lying.