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Hip Fracture Or Broken Hip
Written by Jane Carrey   
No matter what age you are you can have a broken hip. However, most of the time when people are put into the hospital for hip fractures they are 65 or older. When you get older your bones become less dense when they lose minerals over a period of time. You will have weakened bones when your bones lose their density and this will mean that you are more at risk for a hip fracture.

Usually it is women who suffer with hip fractures more than men do. It happens two to three times more to women that it does to men. Women have a tendency to lose bone density at a faster rate than men will.

When you have a fractured hip it is a very serious injury, especially if you are older, plus the complications can be life threatening. A very effective way to correct the problem is with hip surgery. However, it will require time and you will need to be patient when you recover and make sure that you do everything your doctor tells you to. A lot of the time people will make a good recovery from a hip fracture. The chances for you to have a complete recovery will depend on how good your health and mobility were before you have the hip problem.

The signs and symptoms of a hip fracture can include:
  • Severe pain in your hip or groin.
  • When you can’t put your weight on your leg that is on the side of your body where the injured hip is.
  • When you have bruising and swelling in and around your hip joint.
  • If the leg on the side of your body that is injured is shorter than the other leg.
  • When your leg turns outward on the side of your body that has hip joint problems.

Causes of a hip fracture or broken hip

For older people they usually end up with a hip fracture because of a fall or weak bones. For people who are young it can be caused by playing sports or getting into a car accident.

Hip Fracture Risks

There are a combination of factors that will mean you have more of a chance of having a hip fracture and these can include:
  • Age – You are more at risk for fractures when you get older.
  • Chronic medical conditions such as osteoporosis, endocrine disorders like hypogonadism or type 1 diabetes; gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatoid disorders, Chronic conditions that can affect your nervous system, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and decreased mental alertness that is usually caused by dementia or depression.
  • Sex – Women are more at risk than men.
  • Heredity – Genetic factors can make a difference in your bone size, bone mass and bone density.
  • Nutrition – Having a lack of calcium and Vitamin D will cause problems with your bones.
  • Use of tobacco and alcohol – This can interfere with the process of your bones building and remodeling.
  • Medications – There are certain medications that will speed up bone loss.
  • Environmental hazards – This is when there is something in your environment that you can trip on that will cause you to fall and get a hip fracture.
If you have a fractured hip that needs medical attention you will want to know all you can about it. This way you will know what you should expect and what you should and shouldn’t do. You will also need to talk to your doctor to find out what treatment he is going to use to correct the broken hip. Ask any questions and voice any concerns so that when the time comes to correct the problem you will be prepared.
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