Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Options include:
Surgery is needed for most hip fractures. This will make sure the hip heals properly. Surgery will also allow you to move about as you recover.
The type of surgery will depend on location of break, how severe it is, and overall bone health. Surgical options include:
Plates and screws will be used over the area. They will help to align the bones and support them while they heal.
Hip replacement may be needed. Damaged areas are removed. A metal devices is inserted in its place. This options is reserved for those with severe bone injury. It is more common in older adults.
Your doctor may recommend devices to help you start walking. This may include a wheelchair, cane, or walker.
Surgery is not a good option for some people. Those with a small fractures or poor overall health may need to let the bone heal on its own. The fracture will be monitored with imaging tests. This will make sure it is healing properly. Traction may also be used. It can hold the leg in place while the bone heals.
A physical therapist will assess the hip fracture. An exercise program can strengthen the muscles help recovery. They may also help reduce the risk of future falls.
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Alan Drabkin, MD Last Updated: 7/19/2018