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Hip fracture

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 fractured your hip, you will need hospital treatment. Call 999 for an ambulance.
Causes of a hip fracture
Most hip fractures in older people are the result of falls, often at home. A fall can lead to a hip fracture if the bones are weak due to osteoporosis.
Diagnosing a hip fracture
A hip fracture can occur after a fall, so diagnosis usually takes place at a hospital. Imaging tests are used to confirm the hip fracture diagnosis.
Treating a hip fracture
Hip fractures are usually treated in hospital with surgery. The type of surgery will depend on the type of fracture and could 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 have a slow or incomplete recovery after a hip fracture. Complications can also arise from surgery.
Preventing a hip fracture
It may be possible to prevent hip fractures through measures aimed at preventing falls and by treating osteoporosis (weak and fragile bones).
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