Hip Fracture

Monday, January 28, 2013

Hip fractures can be very serious because they occur most often in older adults and usually require surgery. Dr. Edward Hill discusses hip fractures in the 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A hip fracture is a break in the upper part of the thighbone, which fits into the socket of the hip joint. The most common symptoms of hip fracture are severe pain in the hip or lower groin after a fall. Usually walking or even putting weight on the injured leg is impossible. However, in rare cases, there may be only thigh or knee pain, and walking may still be possible.

More than 75 percent of all hip fractures occur in women. In older adults, hip fractures are caused most often from a fall. Even a slight fall can sometimes cause a fracture in a weakened hipbone.

Hip fractures are treated with orthopedic techniquessurgery that corrects problems related to muscle, bones and joints. It is important to be aware of your risks for hip fracture. The most important step in preventing hip fractures is to keep your bones strong and healthy with calcium supplements and weight-bearing exercise such as walking or jogging.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.