A hip fracture is a serious injury, particularly if you’re older, and complications can be life-threatening. Most hip fractures occur in people older than 65, with the risk increasing most rapidly after age 80.
Older people are at higher risk of hip fracture because bones tend to weaken with age. This bone weakening is called osteoporosis. Patients who take multiple medications and who have poor vision or balance problems are more likely to trip and fall. These falls are one of the most common causes of hip fracture.
A hip fracture almost always requires surgical repair or replacement, followed by months of physical therapy. Taking steps to maintain bone density and prevent falls can help prevent hip fractures.
The symptoms of a hip fracture may include the inability to move immediately after a fall, severe pain in the hip or groin, inability to put weight on your leg on the side of your injured hip, stiffness, bruising and swelling in and around the hip area.
Dr. LaReau, a top Chicago hip surgeon, performs a thorough examination to evaluate and determine the extent of your injuries and conducts a complete review of your medical history. He may also choose to utilize diagnostic tools, such as an MRI, X-ray or CT scan to confirm the extent of your condition
Treatment for a hip fracture often involves a combination of surgery, rehabilitation and medication. The type of surgery Dr. LaReau will perform depends on the location of the fracture in the bone, the severity of the fracture and your age.
After surgery, Dr. LaReau will prescribe short-term pain relief with over-the-counter pain medications, in combination with physical therapy and modifications to your home environment and routine.