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Hip Fracture

A hip fracture is a break in the upper part of the femur bone, which is the long bone that connects the hip joint to the knee joint. Hip fractures are a serious injury, especially for older adults, and can lead to long-term disability or even death. A broken hip can be life-changing, especially for older people with other health conditions. Physical therapy can largely improve outcomes for people with a hip fracture. 

To prevent a hip fracture, you should stay healthy, get plenty of exercise and visit your provider for regular checkups. Further, if you suffer from osteoporosis, talk to your doctor about medications that can slow bone loss and help you avoid a fracture.


  • Severe pain in the hip or groin area
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty or inability to bear weight on the affected leg
  • Numbness or tingling in the leg or foot, and the affected person may be unable to move the leg


  • Osteoporosis: This condition causes bones to become weak and brittle, making them more susceptible to fractures. Osteoporosis is a common cause of hip fractures in older adults, especially women.
  • Falls: The most common cause of hip fractures, especially among older adults. Falls can occur due to a variety of factors, such as muscle weakness, poor balance, medications, or environmental hazards.
  • Trauma: Hip fractures can also occur due to car accidents, sports injuries, or other types of traumas.
  • Cancer: Certain types of cancer, such as multiple myeloma, can weaken bones and increase the risk of fractures.
  • Nutritional deficiencies: A lack of calcium and vitamin D can weaken bones and increase the risk of fractures.
  • Certain medications: Some medications, such as corticosteroids, can weaken bones and increase the risk of fractures.

Chronic medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or Parkinson's disease, can increase the risk of falls and fractures.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can hip fractures be prevented?

There are several ways to reduce the risk of hip fractures, such as maintaining strong bones through a healthy diet and exercise, using assistive devices such as canes or walkers, and modifying the home environment to reduce fall hazards.

What is the outlook for someone with a hip fracture?

The outlook for someone with a hip fracture depends on various factors, such as the severity of the fracture, the age and overall health of the patient, and the success of the treatment. However, most people are able to recover and regain their mobility and independence after a hip fracture with proper treatment and rehabilitation.

What is the recovery time for a hip fracture?

The recovery time for a hip fracture can vary depending on the severity of the fracture and the patient's overall health. Generally, it takes several months to fully recover from a hip fracture.