This problem is more common in older adults. It is also more common in women. Things that may raise the risk are:
- Health problems, such as:
- A prior fracture
- Heart, hormone, and kidney disorders
- Certain medicines, such as antidepressants and proton pump inhibitors
- Lack of activity
- Alcohol use disorder
- Poor nutrition
Surgery is needed to repair most hip fractures. The type of surgery will depend on where the hip is broken and how badly it is damaged. Options are:
- Using plates and screws to align the bones and support them while they heal
- Removing damaged areas and replacing the hip with an artificial ball-and-socket joint
Assistive devices and physical therapy will be needed during recovery.
Surgery is not a good option for people in poor overall health. They may need to let the bone heal on its own. The fracture will be monitored with imaging tests. Traction may also be used to hold the leg in place while the bone heals.
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