In the United States, nearly 300,000 people are hospitalized every year with a broken hip. The elderly are the most vulnerable to a broken hip from a slip and fall accident, due to the loss of vital minerals and density with age. Most of the time the hip is broken near the upper leg where the femur meets the hip. Knee, thigh, and hip injuries have increased in frequency in auto accidents, to about 14,000 a year, because airbags now offer more protection for the head and chest.
Treatment of a broken hip usually requires surgery, which can be effective. But statistics show that only 25% of the people that sustain a broken hip make a full recovery and 25% (of those over 50) actually die within the first year due to complications associated with a broken hip. The complications include:
- nonunion – where the fracture does not heal
- malunion – where the break heals in a distorted position
- avascular necrosis – lack of blood supply
- wound infection
- blood clots
- implant failure
- mal-positioning of the implant
There are two kinds of hip fractures:
- femoral neck fracture – where the ball-and-socket hip joint is broken off the femur, the severity of dislocation can vary greatly
- intertrochanteric hip fractures – this type of break is below the femoral neck and is usually easier to repair with the use of plates and screws
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