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Broken hip

Hip fractures, also called proximal femoral fractures, are cracks or breaks in the top of the thigh bone (femur) close to the hip joint.
Symptoms of a hip fracture
If you have a fractured hip, your hip will be painful and you won't be able to lift, move or rotate your leg.
Causes of a hip fracture
In older people, hip fractures are often caused by falls. In younger people, they're usually the result of a serious accident, such as a fall from height or a car crash.
Diagnosing a hip fracture
As hip fractures often occur as a result of a fall, diagnosis usually takes place at a hospital.
Treating a hip fracture
Hip fractures are usually treated in hospital with surgery. Surgery can either fix or replace the hip joint.
Recovering from a hip fracture
After a hip fracture, you will be given a rehabilitation programme designed to help you recover from your injury and any surgery you have had.
Complications of a hip fracture
Some people may take a while to recover from a hip fracture while others might never be as mobile as they were. Complications can also arise from surgery.
Preventing a hip fracture
It may be possible to prevent hip fractures by taking steps to prevent falls and by treating osteoporosis (weak and fragile bones).
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