As the population ages, the number of hip fractures that occur each year rises. A fracture of the hip in an aging adult is not simply a broken bone. It is a life-threatening illness. The hip fracture itself is rarely a difficult problem to solve. But once the fracture occurs, it brings with it all the potential medical complications that can arise when aging patients are confined to bed. The complications are what can turn a simple break into a life-threatening illness.
Hip fractures in children and young adults are much different. The information in this document applies only to hip fractures in the elderly.
This guide will help you understand:
- how hip fractures happen
- how doctors diagnose the problem
- what treatment options are available
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