Hip fractures

A condition where there is damage to the top of the thigh bone next to the hip socket. Find out more about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options available at Cromwell Hospital.

What is a hip fracture?

If you have fractured your hip, there will be breaks or cracks at the top of the thigh bone next to the hip socket.

Who is at risk of hip fractures?

The majority of fractures are the result of a fall which commonly affected the older generations. However, certain conditions such as cancer, osteoporosis, and arthritis can cause bones to weaken and be more susceptible to fractures.

Signs and symptoms of hip fractures

After a fall or injury, if you have a fracture, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • extreme pain.
  • unable to lift or move your leg
  • unable to put weight on your leg.
  • have bruising and swelling around your hip.
  • your injured leg may appear shorter than your other leg.
  • your injured leg may be turned outwards.

How is a hip fracture diagnosed?

To determine if you have a hip fracture your orthopaedic consultant will take a detailed history and send you for imaging such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan which will outline the extent of the injury.

Treatment for hip fractures

If you have fractured your hip, surgery is the most common option. Your orthopaedic consultant may be able to fix the fracture with plates and screws or rods, instead of performing a partial or complete hip replacement.

The type of surgery you have will depend on the position of the fracture, your age, your mobility before the fracture, and the condition of the bone and joint. Your orthopaedic consultant will explain the different options, and which is most suitable for your individual case.

Following surgery, you will need physiotherapy and rehabilitation to help increase your mobility and strength. Your orthopaedic consultant may also recommend occupational therapy to support you when you return home.

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