Hip fracture symptoms
Symptoms of a hip fracture include:
An injured leg that turns inward or outward
Deformity in the injured leg
Inability to use joint/walk normally
Pain in the outer thigh or groin
Hip fracture diagnosis
The diagnosis of a hip fracture often happens in the emergency room. Your doctor will ask questions about recent injuries or falls and do a physical exam.
When a hip fracture is suspected, you may have one of the following imaging tests:
X-ray/CT Scan—a diagnostic test used to determine if a hip fracture has occurred.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—a machine that takes multiple pictures of the hip bones. An MRI can show fractures that may not show up on regular X-rays.
Hip fracture treatment
Different types of hip fractures require specific types of treatment. Experts at The Christ Hospital Health Network will evaluate your fracture and determine the most appropriate treatment path.
Additionally, any of the following options may be combined with or added to your hip fracture treatment plan:
Analgesic medications—for pain relief.
Limited activities—restricting movement for a period of time.
Physical therapy—uses exercises, assistive devices and other non-surgical treatments to restore hip movement and physical function.
RICE—rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Surgery—if the hip fracture is significantly displaced, surgery Most hip fractures in the elderly are treated with some type of surgical procedure.
Whether you have a broken hip from an injury, fall or bone disease, The Christ Hospital Health Network orthopedic team will evaluate and diagnose the source of your hip pain quickly.
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