Hip Fracture Treatment
Most of the time, hip fractures occur because of a fall or other type of impact to a person’s hip area. The break itself typically occurs in the top of the femur where the bone angles toward the hip joint. Since bones tend to weaken with age, hip fractures are common in the elderly and in patients who have osteoporosis. At High Mountain Orthopedics, we specialize in hip fracture repair and rehabilitation to help our patients relieve pain and restore proper functioning.
Common signs and symptoms of a hip fracture include the following:
- Inability to move after falling
- Severe pain coming from your hip or groin
- Inability to put weight on your leg on the same side as your injured hip
- Bruising, swelling and stiffness in and around your hip area
- Your leg turns outward on the injured hip side
While certainly anyone of any age can be affected by a hip fracture, such as in a car crash, in older adults, a hip fracture typically results from a fall at standing height. And for someone with osteoporosis or very weak bones, a hip fracture can result from an accidental twist while standing.
There are certain circumstances that can potentially increase your risk for a hip fracture, and they include:
- Age: Both muscle mass and bone density tend to decrease exponentially as you get older. Also, if you have problems with vision and balance, this can increase your risk of falling and potentially fracturing your hip.
- Sex: Approximately 70% of hip fractures occur in women for a variety of reasons. Women lose bone density at a faster rate then men do, partly because the drop in estrogen levels during menopause speeds up bone density loss.
- Chronic Medical Conditions: Intestinal disorders, which can affect your body’s absorption of vitamin D and calcium, and endocrine disorders, such as an overactive thyroid, can lead to weakened bone structure.
- Medications: Some medications can lower your bone density over time if you take them long-term. One example is prednisone. Other medications may make you dizzy as a side effect, increasing your risk of falling, while medicines like sleep aids and sedatives act on your central nervous system and increase the likelihood of an accident.
- Nutritional Problems: Not enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet when you’re young can lower your peak bone mass levels and increase your risk of fracture, including hip fracture, later in life.
- Physical Inactivity: Aerobic weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, help strengthen bones and muscles, making hip fractures less likely. The more sedentary you are, the more likely you are to have weaker bones.
Regardless of the type of fracture or how it happens, hip fractures almost always require surgery or hip replacement and rehabilitation, including physical therapy. At High Mountain Orthopedics, our doctors are experienced in performing these types of procedures, so you can have peace of mind knowing you’re in good hands with our experienced orthopedic surgeons.
High Mountain Orthopedics has three convenient locations in Wayne, Englewood and Paramus, NJ, to serve our patients. Our main office is located in Wayne. To schedule an appointment or get your questions answered, you can call us directly at 973-595-7779. We look forward to working with you on your road to recovery.
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