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Every year more than 300,000 American seniors aged 65 and older are hospitalized for hip fractures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually sideways. Hip fractures are devastating for the elderly community because even after the injuries heal, the link between mobility and confidence in the senior may be destroyed.
If you or your senior has experienced a fall, here are the signs that will tell you if you have a broken hip:
While a vast majority of hip fractures in the elderly occur from falling, there are other ways that your senior may find himself or herself with a hip fracture. Some of the causes of broken hips are:
Your doctor may see the bruising or swelling around your hip and think that you have a broken hip, but to make an accurate broken hip diagnosis, they may order some of the following imaging tests:
When considering treatment options for a broken hip, your doctor should take your age and physical condition into consideration. Depending on other medical conditions you may have, your treatment may vary.
Osteoporosis is a decrease in bone density and this means your bones, including your hips, can become extra fragile. Those with osteoporosis have a higher chance of injuries resulting in broken bones. Those with osteoporosis can break or fracture bones just by sneezing in some severe cases. If you are at risk of developing osteoporosis, contact your doctor to discuss which treatment options might be most appropriate for you.See All Answers »
This will depend on your overall health and how involved you are with your rehabilitation and healing process. Immediately after the surgery, you or your loved one will stay three to four days overnight. During your recovery time, you will participate in physical therapy for your broken hip, and will also want to continue to rehab your hip with exercises at home. Eventually, within a month you should be able to walk with the help of crutches or a walker. A few months after that, you should be able to walk on your own.See All Answers »