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Hip Fracture

The top of the thigh bone (femur) angles toward the hip joint in the groin area. This part of the femur is called the femoral neck.

A fracture or break in the neck of the femur may be the result of fragile or weakened bones (osteoporosis). If the femur breaks when it shouldn’t (such as during minor stumbles or falls), it is called a fragility (or) osteoporotic hip fracture. A fracture in the neck portion of the femur is the most common area for fractures of this type.

Broken hips will cause pain with any motion that causes the fractured bone to move. Severe and immediate pain is usually felt right after the break happens. The pain may be felt in the groin, or the side of the upper thigh.

X-rays usually will show the fracture. CT or MRI scans may be necessary.

Orthopedic surgeons are specialists trained in the treatment of broken bones. Most hip fractures require surgery. Sometimes the hip may repaired by pinning the bones together with a combination screws, plates or rods. In other cases a hip replacement may be necessary. In addition to surgery, treatment for osteoporosis has been proven to reduce the chance of another fracture.

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