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Hip Fracture Treatment in Illinois

Comprehensive Care for Hip Conditions

A hip fracture is a break in the upper quarter of the thigh bone, or femur. It most commonly occurs closest to where the thigh bone meets, and fits into, the hip joint. Most hip fractures are the result of trauma, either a fall or a blow to the side of the hip. The severity of the break largely depends on the force of impact. Hip fractures are most common amongst the elderly (particularly women), but they can also occur in younger and more active individuals.

Causes of Hip Fracture

The majority of hip fractures occur in older patients, and are often the result of a fall. Typically, as people age their bones lose density and become more brittle. This puts older individuals at a greater risk of fracturing a hip, particularly if they also suffer from other age related medical conditions that can cause dizziness or problems with balance and mobility.

Hip fractures in children and young adults are less common, but they can occur as the result of traumatic injury. The most common causes of hip fractures in younger individuals are automobile accidents and sports injuries.

Risk Factors that Contribute to Hip Fracture

A number of factors can contribute to a person’s increased risk for hip fractures. These include:

  • Being female
  • Suffering from Osteoporosis
  • Lack of calcium and vitamin D necessary for strong bones
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • The long term use of certain medications, such as steroids for asthma or COPD

Symptoms of Hip Fracture

The most common symptoms associated with a hip fracture include:

  • Pain over outer upper thigh or in groin
  • Significant discomfort with any attempt to flex or rotate hip
  • Break may be preceded by aching in groin or thigh area
  • Injured leg may appear to be shorter than non-injured leg
  • Injured leg may feel more comfortable in a still position with foot and knee turned outward

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