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Michigan Sports and Spine

Fractures

Overview
A hip fracture is a break in the upper quarter of the femur (thigh) bone. The extent of the break depends on the forces that are involved. The type of surgery used to treat a hip fracture is primarily based on the bones and soft tissues affected or on the level of the fracture.

Causes
Fall or direct blow to the side of the hip
Osteoporosis, cancer, stress that weakens the bone

Symptoms
Pain over the outer upper thigh or in the groin
Significant discomfort with any attempt to flex or rotate the him
Aching in the groin or thigh before the break
Injured leg appears shorter than non-injured leg

Diagnosis
Physical examination
X-ray
MRI
CT Scan

Treatment
Surgery
Rehabilitation
Physical therapy

Source: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00392

 

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