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Diagnosis And Treatment Options For Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are commonly diagnosed by a doctor based on the patient’s symptoms and the unusual positioning of the hip and leg. The diagnosis of a fracture and its location can be established with the help of an X-ray. Read more (อ่านต่อ, which is the term in Thai) about hip fractures. If your doctor orders an MRI or bone scan to check for a hairline fracture after an X-ray reveals no break, but your hip discomfort persists, it may be because you have a stress fracture.

Location

  • Both the acetabulum and the ilium are common sites for hip fractures.
  • The thigh bone top or femoral neck. You’ll find this region in the upper half of your femur, right below the ball section (femoral head) of the ball-and-socket joint.
  • The location between the trochanters. This is the upper femur’s protruding part, further down from the hip joint.

Treatment

Surgery

An individual’s age and preexisting health issues can have a role in determining the sort of surgery necessary to fix a fracture. Read more to know the options for hip fractures. Choices could involve:

Screw-based internal fixing. A metal plate that runs along the thighbone is sometimes reinforced with screws (femur). Alternatively, A new hip joint is installed. This involves replacing the thigh bone (the femur) and the hip socket (prostheses). Independent, healthy people are the target population for a total hip replacement since it has been shown to have superior long-term outcomes and a lower yearly cost.

Reduced-Involvement Hip Replacement

Adults with many health issues or who can no longer care for themselves independently may be candidates for a partial hip replacement. Only the ball and socket of the hip may be replaced. If the blood supply to the hip joint ball was disrupted during the fracture, surgeons might advise a whole or partial replacement. Fractures of the femoral neck are more common in the elderly, and this type of damage makes it less likely that the bone will mend correctly.

Rehabilitation

The therapist will concentrate on stretching and strengthening in the beginning stages of physical therapy. It may be required to go to an extended care facility after surgery, depending on the nature of the procedure and the availability of in-home support. An occupational therapist helps people learn skills they need to live independently by teaching them how to shower, get dressed, and prepare meals. Read more to understand hip fractures better.

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