Hip Fractures

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A hip fracture is a serious injury, particularly if youre older, and complications can be life-threatening. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at hip fractures in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A hip fracture is a break in the top of your upper leg bone near the hip joint, just below the waist. The type of hip fracture depends on which part of the bone breaks.

Most hip fractures are caused by a fall in people 65 years or older. People with weak bones, known as osteoporosis, are more likely to break a hip.

The most common symptom is pain in the hip or groin area. The pain is usually worse when you try to move the hip. There is a lot of pain when you walk. Most people cannot walk with a hip fracture.

The first step to treating a hip fracture is to control the pain. An orthopedic surgeon will help you decide the next step. The most common treatment is surgery. It may involve putting pins, rods and plates into the hip joint. Some hip fractures are treated with a hip replacement. The orthopedic surgeon will help decide which surgery is best for you.

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