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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Mohammadmain Rezazadehsaatlou[2].

Overview [1][2][3]

The "hip" joint is known as a ball-and-socket joint. It allows the femur bone to bend and rotate at the pelvis. Comparing to the injuries to the knee, ankle, and shoulder which are well documented, injuries to the hip, pelvis, and thigh get little attentions due to their lower prevalence. A hip fracture is a known as a fracture of the upper quarter of the femur bone while any other types of injuries to the socket, or acetabulum, itself is not considered a "hip fracture." Management of fractures to the socket is a completely different consideration. The hip fracture count as a serious problems associated with serious and life-threatening complications. Hip fractures most commonly occur due to the:

  • Fall to the side of the hip
  • A direct blow to the side of the hip
  • Other medical conditions such as osteoporosis, cancer, or stress injuries affecting the strength.

During fracture the most common site of fracture are:

  • The head of the femur
  • The neck of the femur
  • Between or below the greater trochanter and the lesser trochanters

Historical Perspective

There are no reliable information regarding the historical perspective of the hip bone fracture.

Causes [4][5][6][7][8][9][1]

The main etiology of the hip fracture is thought to be a loading may be placed on a leg during falling or from a direct blow to the side of the hip. The main cause of hip fracture is trauma. Such as the most fractures the hip fracture is caused by a falling or automobile accident. Meanwhile, the normal healthy bones are extremely tough and resilient and can withstand most powerful impacts. As a person age, two factors cause higher risk of fractures:

  • Weaker bones
  • Greater risk of falling

Stress fractures as a common causes of fractures can be found due to the repeated stresses and strains. Importantly children having more physically active lifestyles than adults, are also prone to fractures. People with any underlying diseases such as osteoporosis, infection, or a tumor affecting their bones having a higher risk of fractures. As mentioned in previous chapters, this type of fracture is known as a pathological fracture. Stress fractures, which result from repeated stresses and strains, commonly found among professional sports people, are also common causes of fractures.

Life-threatening Causes

Common Causes

Common causes of hip fracture may include:

Less Common Causes

Less common causes of hip fracture include conditions that predisposes to fracture:

Causes by Organ System

Cardiovascular No underlying causes
Chemical/Poisoning No underlying causes
Dental No underlying causes
Dermatologic No underlying causes
Drug Side Effect No underlying causes
Ear Nose Throat No underlying causes
Endocrine No underlying causes
Environmental No underlying causes
Gastroenterologic No underlying causes
Genetic No underlying causes
Hematologic No underlying causes
Iatrogenic No underlying causes
Infectious Disease No underlying causes
Musculoskeletal/Orthopedic Osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Neurologic No underlying causes
Nutritional/Metabolic Osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Obstetric/Gynecologic No underlying causes
Oncologic No underlying causes
Ophthalmologic No underlying causes
Overdose/Toxicity No underlying causes
Psychiatric No underlying causes
Pulmonary No underlying causes
Renal/Electrolyte No underlying causes
Rheumatology/Immunology/Allergy No underlying causes
Sexual No underlying causes
Trauma Falling of car accident to on side of hip.
Urologic No underlying causes
Miscellaneous No underlying causes

Causes in Alphabetical Order

List the causes of the disease in alphabetical order:


Mechanism [14]

The hip fracture is caused by a fall or from a direct blow to the side of the hip. The form and severity of this fracture depends on the position of the hip joint at the moment of hitting the ground. The width of this mentioned angle affects the localization of the fracture. Pronation, supination and abduction positions leads the direction of the force and the compression of carpus and different appearances of injury. Its known that the hip fracture in normal healthy adults can be caused due to the high-energy trauma (e.g., motor vehicle accidents), sport related injuries, falling from height. But it should be noted that the most important Risk factors for insufficiency fractures is chronic metabolic disease such as steoporosis, osteopenia, eating-disordered behavior, higher age, prolonged corticosteroid usage, female gender, lower BMI, history of a recent falling, and prior fracture. Its been said that If the elbow is flexed during the falling, the chance of a type II or III lesion is high.

Pathophysiology [15][14]

The pattern of bone fracture and severity of injury depends on variety of factors such as:

  • Patients age
  • Patients Weight
  • Patients past medical history specifically any bone diseases affecting the quality of bone (such as osteoporosis, malignancies)
  • Energy of trauma
  • Bone quality
  • Position of the specific organ during the trauma
  • The below-mentioned processes cause decreased bone mass density:
  • Autophagy is the mechanism through which osteocytes evade oxidative stress.
  • The capability of autophagy in cells decreases as they age, a major factor of aging.
  • As osteocytes grow, viability of cells decrease thereby decreasing the bone mass density

Differentiating Hip fracture from other Diseases[16][14][13][12]

In the orthopedic medicine its important to know that the Hip fracture should be evaluated using radiography for both confirming diagnosis and also for evaluating the surrounding tissues. Other injuries such as possible femoral fracture-dislocation or collateral ligament injury, might be seen in Hip fracture. If the mechanism of injury suggests particularly low energy then the Osteoporosis should be considered. The pathological Fractures occurring in a bone with a tumor or Paget's disease) are rare but possible[3]. Also it should be noted that the both bone fractures can be complicated by acute compartment syndrome. Signs suggesting compartment syndrome are pain on extension of digits, and marked edema[3]. As another important fact in orthopedic fracture is if both-bone fractures were found in pediatric which is common after accidental trauma, but it may also be the due to the of child abuse; and in these cases a careful attention and evaluation should be considered if a child abuse is suspected.

  • Hip Pointer
  • Hip Tendonitis and Bursitis
  • Acetabular fracture
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
  • Femoral Neck Stress Fracture
  • Femoral head fracture
  • Femoral Head Avascular Necrosis
  • Femoral Neck Fracture
  • Femoral Injuries and Fractures
  • Femoral Neck Fracture
  • Femoral shaft Fracture
  • Iliopsoas Tendinitis
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
  • Pubic rami fracture
  • Osteitis Pubis
  • Septic hip

Epidemiology and Demographics[17][18][19][20]

The Hip fracture is an important problem of all ages specially for the older people. It is most commonly occurs in women. The available epidemiological information differed between countries, but totally it's been globally estimated that hip fractures affect around 5%% of men and 20% of women worldwide. Also, the total number of hip fractures is predicted to increase from 1.26 million in 1990 to around 5 million by the year 2050. In the United States the hip fractures occurred in 280,000 Americans per year at a rate of over 5000 per week and it was estimated that its incidence will rise to over 500,000 annually over the next 40 years. And, this type of fracture cost the US approximately $7.2 billion annually and it is estimated that this cost will rise up to 16 billion USD annually by the year 2041. It should be noted that in the United States, the hip fracture and related mortality among persons older than 65 years of age is declining, while related comorbidities have increased.

Risk Factors [21][22][23][24][25][26][11]

The Pathophysiology of hip fractures is multifactorial, but the related risk factors for this condition can be divided into two main subgroups: risk factors decreasing bone mineral density (BMD) risk factors increasing the rate of falls

Meanwhile, there are different risk factors that presidpose patient for the Hip fracture that include::

Classification [27][28][29][30][31][26]

Hip fractures classified into:

Intracapsular fractures (known as femoral neck fractures):

45% of all acute hip fractures in the elderly

Usually due to a low-impact fall from a standing position or from twisting on a planted foot

Femoral neck fractures are susceptible to malunion and avascular necrosis of the femoral head

further Classification based on radiographic findings

  • Type 1: undisplaced and incomplete fracture
  • Type 2: undisplaced complete fracture
  • Type 3: complete fracture but incompletely displaced
  • Type 4: complete fracture and completely displaced

Extracapsular fractures

A: Intertrochanteric fracture:

  • Between the greater and the lesser trochanter
  • Common in the osteoporotic elderly population
  • Due to a fall from a standing height with direct contact of the lateral thigh or torsion of the lower extremity.
  • avascular necrosis or nonunion is rare.

B: Subtronchanteric fracture:

  • Below the lesser trochanter, approximately 2.5 inches below
  • 5% due to tumor, bone cysts, or Paget’s disease.
  • 50% due to osteoporosis
  • almost all of cases have osteopenia

The most common types of the hip fractures :

  • Femoral neck fracture: common among older adults and related to osteoporosis. Complication: cuts off the blood supply to the head of the femur which forms the hip joint.
  • Intertrochanteric hip fracture: An intertrochanteric hip fracture occurs three to four inches from the hip joint. Complication: Normally does not interrupt the blood supply to the hip joint.
Diagram demonstrating the various named proximal femoral fractures.
Hip fractures Related Classification
Area of invovlement Classification
Femoral head Pipkin classification
  • Type I: distal fracture to the fovea capitis (below the fovea), a small fracture not involving the weightbearing surface
  • Type II: proximal fracture to the fovea capitis (above the fovea), a large fracture involving the weightbearing surface
  • Type III: type I or II fracture with a fracture of the femoral neck, has an increased risk of avascular necrosis
  • Type IV: type I or II fracture with a fracture of the acetabular wall, usually the posterior wall
Femoral neck Subcapital Garden classification
  • Type I: undisplaced incomplete, including valgus impacted fractures
    • medial group of femoral neck trabeculae may demonstrate a greenstick fracture
  • Type II: undisplaced complete
    • no disturbance of the medial trabeculae
  • Type III: complete fracture, incompletely displaced
    • femoral head tilts into a varus position causing its medial trabeculae to be out of line with the pelvic trabeculae
  • Type IV: complete fracture, completely displaced
    • femoral head aligned normally in the acetabulum and its medial trabeculae are in line with the pelvic trabeculae
Transcervical Pauwel's classification
  • Type I: < 30 deg from horizontal
  • Type II: 30 to 50 deg from horizontal
  • Type III: > 50 deg from horizontal (most unstable with highest risk of nonunion and AVN)
Trochanteric Intertrochanteric (between the greater and lesser trochanter) Ramadier's classification

Ramadier's classification (1956)

Boyd and Griffin's classification (1949)

Decoulx & Lavarde's classification (1969)

Ender's classification (1970)

Tronzo's classification (1973)

Evans-Jensen classification (1975)

Deburge's classification (1976)

Briot's classification (1980)

Evans-Jensen classification (1975)
  • Type I: A: 2-part non-displaced

B: 2-part displaced

  • Type II: A: 3-part fracture with separate greater trochanter fragment B: 3-part fracture with separate lesser trochanter fragment
  • Type III: 4-part fracture
Pertrochanteric (through the trochanters)
Subtrochanteric Seinsheimer classification
  • Type I: less than 2mm displacement
  • Type II: A: 2-part transverse fracture B: 2-part spiral fracture with lesser trochanter attached to the proximal fragment

C: 2-part spiral fracture with lesser trochanter attached to the distal fragment

  • Type III: A: 3-part spiral fracture with lesser trochanter as separate fragment B: 3-part spiral fracture with butterfly fragment
  • Type IV: Comminuted fracture with 4 or more fragments
  • Type V: Fracture with proximal extension into the greater trochanter
Periprosthetic hip fracture classification systems
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) classification
  • level I: proximal femur distally to the lower extent of the lesser trochanter
  • level II: 10 cm of femur distal to level I
  • level III: femur distal to level II
Fractures are classified accordingly:
  • type I: fractures proximal to the intertrochanteric line; usually occur during dislocation of the hip
  • type II: vertical or spiral fractures that do not extend past lower extent of the lesser trochanter
  • type III: vertical or spiral fractures that extend past lower extent of lesser trochanter, but not beyond level II; usually at the junction of middle and distal thirds of the femoral stem
  • type IV: fractures that traverse femoral stem in level III or lie within that area
    • type IV-A: spiral fractures around the tip of the stem
    • type IV-B: simple transverse or short oblique fractures
  • type V: severely comminuted fractures around the stem in level III
  • type VI: fractures distal to the tip of the stem in level III
Cooke and Newman (modified Bethea) classification
  • type I
    • explosion type fracture, comminuted around the stem of the implant
    • the prosthesis is always loose and the fracture is inherently unstable
  • type II
    • oblique fractures around the stem
    • fracture pattern is stable, but prosthetic loosening is usually present
  • type III
    • transverse fracture at the level of the tip of the stem
    • the fracture is unstable, but the prosthetic fixation is usually unaffected
  • type IV
    • fracture distal to the implant
    • the fracture is unstable, but the prosthetic fixation is usually unaffected
Johansson classification
  • type I: fracture proximal to the tip of the prosthesis with the stem still in contact with the medullary canal
  • type II: fracture extends distal to the tip of the prosthesis, with dislodgement of the stem from the medullary canal of the distal fragment
  • type III: fracture entirely distal to the tip of the prosthesis
Vancouver classification
  • type A: fractures involve the trochanteric area
    • A(G): greater trochanter
    • A(L): lesser trochanter
  • type B: around the stem or just below it
    • B1: stem stable
    • B2: stem loose
    • B3: stem loose, bone stock inadequate
  • type C: well below the stem

Screening [32][14][33]

Osteoporosis is an important risk factor for human affecting human bone especially in men with the age of older than 50 years old and postmenopausal and women.

Based on the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) there are three groups of patients need to be screened for the osteoporosis:

  • ·       Men with no history of osteoporosis
  • ·       Women with the age of 65≤ year old, with no previous history of pathological fracture due to the osteoporosis
  • ·       Women with the age of <65 years, with 10-year fracture risk of not less than a 65-year-old white woman (who has not any other risk factor)

Accordingly women older than age of 50 are the main target for the osteoporosis screening. There is no specific recommendation to screen men for the osteoporosis.

The USPSTF recommendations from 2002 included:

Meanwhile, there are two major modalities for the osteoporosis screening:

  1. ·       Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) of the hip and lumbar spine bones
  2. ·       Quantitative ultrasonography of the calcaneus

*It should be noted of the two above mentioned modalities for screening the ultrasonograhy is preferred to the DXA due to its lower cost, lower ionizing radiation, more availability.

After the primary evaluation of the osteoporosis, the further evaluation are required in some cases such as:

·       Women with normal bone density or mild osteopenia: T-score of greater than −1.50 – should have screening for 15 years.

·       Women with moderate osteopenia: T-score of −1.50 to −1.99 – should have screening for 5 years.

·       Women with advanced osteopenia: T-score of −2.00 to −2.49 - should have screening for 1 year.

Natural History, Complications and Prognosis[31][29][34][32]

Natural History

  • In cases with untreated hip fractures the malunion and deformity of HIP joint can be occurred.


The type and frequency of complications of the hip fractures varies. The main complication of the hip fractures is the high risk of re-fracture due to their instability. In general the following are the most common complications of the hip fractures :

  • Infection of the bone
  • Infection of soft tissue
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Non-union of the fracture
  • Mal-union
  • Arm shortening
  • Nerve Damage
  • Vascular injury
  • Vascular bleeding
  • Re-fracture
  • Decreased Motion
  • Painful movement


Generally, the hip fractures carry an approximately 30% risk of mortality at 1 year also around 25% to 75% of adults may not reach their pre-fracture functional level. Most of the hip fractures heal well with no functional or gross problems in the appearance of the injured bone. But, proper immobilized and proper orthopedic follow-up are required due to the higher risk of re-fracture, complete fracture and displacement of the fracture. The followoing mentioned factores affect the patients mortality rate: comorbid disease, low pre-injury cognitive function, abnormal preoperative ECG, age >85 years, and decreased pre-fracture mobility.

History and Symptoms

The diagnosis of a hip fracture is based on: patient history, physical examination, and radiography.

The related signs and symptoms include:

  • Deformity
  • Skin lacerations
  • Weak pulse
  • Open fractures
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Inability to move
  • Pain in touch
  • Loss of function of the leg
  • Difficulties in detection of pulses
  • An antalgic gait pattern

In the physical exam the orthopedic surgeon should check the vascular status and amount of swelling in the leg. In MULTI-trauma patients or a tense compartment with neurological signs or stretch pain should be considered as the compartment syndrome, and the compartment pressures should be measured and monitored.

Physical Examination[35]

The related signs and symptoms include:

  • Inability to move
  • Pain in hip or groin
  • Inability to put weight on the involved leg
  • Stiffness in and around injured hip area
  • bruising in and around injured hip area
  • swelling in and around injured hip area
  • Shorter leg on the side of injured hip
  • Edema around injured hip area
    • Most of the time the edema will be a non-pitting edema
    • Depends on the edema extent, it may even lead to compartment syndrome in the anterior and internal compartment of leg
  • Bruising
    • As a manifestation of internal injury to the local vessels by trauma or fractures bone
  • Decrease in range of motion
    • Movement of the fractures limb will be painful if possible at all
  • Tenderness
  • Deformity
    • Fractured bone deformity may be touchable in the internal side of the leg if the fracture is displaced

Physical examination of patients with hip fractures is usually remarkable for swelling, tenderness, bruises, ecchymosis, deformity and restricted range of motion of the leg.

Appearance of the Patient

  • Patients with hip fractures usually appears normal unless the patients had a high energy trauma causing the open wound fracture.

Vital Signs



  • HEENT examination of patients withhip fractures is usually normal.



  • Pulmonary examination of patients with hip fractures is usually normal.


  • Cardiovascular examination of patients with hip fractures is usually normal.


  • Abdominal examination of patients with hip fractures is usually normal.


  • Back examination of patients with hip fractures is usually normal.


  • Genitourinary examination of patients with hip fractures is usually normal.


Laboratory Findings[36]

There is a limited laboratory tests useful in the diagnosis of bone fractures such as hip fractures Meanwhile, aged men and women may have some abnormalities in their laboratory findings suggestive of osteoporosis.

  • Laboratory tests for the diagnosis of osteoporosis are:
  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Serum total calcium level
  • Serum Ionized calcium level
  • Serum phosphate level
  • Serum alkaline phosphatase level
  • Serum 25-(OH)-vitamin D level

X Ray[37][38][39][35]

The orthopedic surgeon should consider to have at least two radiographic projections (ie, anteroposterior [AP] and lateral) of the hip. These show the fracture, the extent of displacement, and the extent of comminution. The orthopedic surgeon should pay serious attention toward finding any foreign bodies in open fractures and gunshot injuries. Also imperative is to include the hip joint in the radiographs of hip fractures to ensure that the distal radioulnar joint injuries are not missed

A tuberosity view is helpfull ascertain the rotational displacement of the fracture. Also, it would be helpful for the orthopedic surgeon in planning how much supination or pronation is needed to achieve accurate anatomic reduction. The ulna is laid flat on the cassette with its subcutaneous border in contact with the cassette; the x-ray tube is tilted toward the olecranon by 20°. This radiograph is then compared with a standard set of diagrams that show the prominence of the radial tuberosity in various degrees of pronation and supination in order to determine the scope of the rotational deformity


  • CT-scan in the case of Hip fracture is the best modality if you can not have an exclusive diagnosis by X-ray itself can not be made.
  • Its been reported that the articular fractures of the distal radius were statistically more likely to occur at the intervals between the ligament attachments than at the ligament attachments.
  • The most common fracture sites were the center of the sigmoid notch, between the short and long radiolunate ligaments, and the central and ulnar aspects of the scaphoid fossa dorsally. These results suggest that CT may be used to identify the subsequent propagation of the fracture and the likely site of the impaction of the carpus on the distal radius articular surface.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an expensive technique that should not be used routinely. MRI is a powerful diagnostic tool to assess the abnormalities of the bone, ligaments and soft tissues associated with the Hip fractures, but it is known as a limited utility in radioulnar injuries and is not indicated in uncomplicated hip fractures. Meanwhile, the MRI can be useful in in following mentioned evaluations: Evaluation of occult fractures Evaluation of the post-traumatic or avascular necrosis of bones Evaluation of tendons Evaluation of nerve Evaluation of carpal tunnel syndrome

Other Imaging Finding[35]s

There are no other imaging findings associated with Hip fracture.

Other Diagnostic Studies[35]

There are no other imaging findings associated with Hip fracture.

Treatment [42][43][1][3]

The first step in managing a patient with a fracture is to stabilize the patient if he/she is unstable due to blood loss, etc by giving them intravenous fluids and giving them some painkillers if the pain is severe. If only one bone is broken, using cast or brace might be a possible treatment option. The hip fracture management is usually a combination of surgery and rehabilitation. It also depends on the location of the fracture and whether that fracture is displaced. Specific types of hip fractures can be considered stable enough to be managed with nonsurgical treatment.

Non-surgical therapy [42][44][43][1][3]

  • The first step in managing a patient with a fracture is to stabilize the patient if he/she is unstable due to blood loss, etc by giving them intravenous fluids and giving them some painkillers if the pain is severe.
  • In children, the usual plan is to attempt closed reduction followed by cast immobilization. In adults, treatment with immobilization in a molded long arm cast can be used in those rare occasions of a non-displaced fracture of the leg bone. If the fracture shifts in position, it may require surgery to put the bones back together.
  • Rigid immobilization is suggested in preference to removable splints in nonoperative treatment for the management of Hip bone fractures.
  • For all patients with Hip fractures, a post-reduction true lateral radiograph is suggested .
  • Patients probably do not need to begin early leg motion routinely after stable fracture fixation.
  • Adjuvant treatment of Hip fractures with vitamin C is suggested for the prevention of disproportionate pain.
  • If operative treatment is refused or the risks of surgery are considered to be too high the main emphasis of treatment is on pain relief. Skeletal traction may be considered for long term treatment.

Complications of Non-surgical therapy

Failure of non-surgical therapy is common:

  • Re-displacement to its original position even in a cast
  • Stiffness
  • Post traumatic osteoarthritis leading to hip pain and loss of function
  • Other risks specific to cast treatment include:

Surgery [45][25][15][42][43][3][1]

  • Treatment of Hip fractures is important. Important complications such as avascular necrosis and non-union are very common without surgical intervention. The treatment options include non-operative management, internal fixation or prosthetic replacement.
  • There are a variety of methods and implants useful to stabilize the Hip bone fracture, ranging from closed reduction and percutaneous pin fixation to the use of intra-medullary devices.
  • However, the most common fixation methods to treat complex Hip fracture include external fixation, and open reduction and internal fixation.
Intracapsular Fracture Aim: fixing the cartilage on the head of the injured or displaced femur.

Associated with the socket, or acetabulum injuries.

Fix the fracture with percutaneous pinning or a single larger screw

Using an individual screws

Using a single compression hip screw


A total hip replacement replaces

Kocher-Langenbeck approach:

Ideal choice of treatment used for an isolated fracture of the posterior wall and/or column with or without dislocation.

Intertrochanteric Fracture Fix the fracture with either a compression hip screw or an intramedullary nail Compression hip screw (sliding hip screw):

A compression hip screw device consists of: a screw, pin, or nail.

This screw system inserted into a premade drill hole within the femoral neck and head with an angled side plate placed on the distal end of the screw and fixed with screws to the proximal femoral shaft.

Cephalomedullary fixation:

Is a treatment alternative for this type of fractures.

Multiple solid nails with thin-diameter placed in a retrograde fashion through patients knee.

Medial displacement osteotomy:

This method has been employed for unstable intertrochanteric fractures prior to the main fixation but nowadays it is not indicated by orthopedics.


Subtrochanteric Fracture Fix the fracture with:

a long intramedullary nail with a large lag screw

screws that capture the neck and head of the femur

External fixation:

is rarely used method but it is indicated in severe open hip fractures.

Open reduction with plates and screws:

Intramedullary fixation:

Is a treatment alternative for this type of fractures.

Consisted of:

a) centromedullary nail (placed within the medullary canal)

b) cephalomedullary (placed to the femoral neck and head)

External Fixation With or Without Percutaneous Pin Fixation

  • Spanning external fixation employs ligamentotaxis to restore and maintain length, alignment, and rotation of bone.
  • Reduction is typically obtained through closed or minimally open methods and preserves the fracture biology.
  • The addition of percutaneous pins enhances the ability to reduce and stabilize fracture fragments.

Complications of External Fixation

Open reduction and internal fixation with plates and screws

  • This is the most common type of surgical repair for Hip Fracture
  • During this type of procedure, the bone fragments are first repositioned (reduced) into their normal alignment.
  • The bones held together with special screws and metal plates attached to the outer surface of the bone.

Complications of open reduction and internal fixation with plates and screws

  • Infection
  • Damage to nerves and blood vessels
  • Synostosis
  • Nonunion

Pain Management[46]

Pain after an injury or surgery is a natural part of the healing process.

Medications are often prescribed for short-term pain relief after surgery or an injurysuch as:

  • opioids
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • local anesthetics

Be aware that although opioids help relieve pain after surgery or an injury, they are a narcotic and can be addictive.  It is important to use opioids only as directed by doctor.

Interventions [8][47]

The following options can be helpful for patients to rehabilitate after their fracture :

  • Joints mobilization
  • compression bandage
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Exercises and Activity modification

Postoperative Rehabilitation [48][49][50][8] [47][46]

  1. Complex Hip fracture warrant individualized immobilization and rehabilitation strategies.
  2. Because some Hip bone fractures are the result of high-energy injuries, a prolonged period of leg immobilization and soft-tissue rest may be beneficial and has not been shown to affect clinical outcomes.
  3. The hip is typically immobilized for 2 weeks post-operatively in a sugar tong splint with neutral leg rotation.
  4. Full weight bearing exercises at approximately 3 months post-operatively
  5. The presence of varying degrees of Hip area stiffness is inevitable and may result from poor pain control, lack of effort in controlled mobilization, edema, concomitant ipsilateral upper extremity fractures, or peripheral nerve injuries.
  6. Internal rotation from hip flexion
  7. Avoiding the impact activities for six weeks postoperative
  8. unloaded or partially loaded mobilize postoperatively crucial to the joint with active and passive range of motion (ROM) based on the surgical procedure
  9. Avoiding straight leg raise for 4 weeks postoperatively
  10. Cardiovascular training is important
  11. Hip flexion greater than 70–90°
  12. External rotation of the leg
  13. Adduction of the leg past midline
  14. Should not bend forward from the waist more than 90
  15. Early stretching and mobilization of the intrinsic and extrinsic tendons of the hand is important to prevent finger stiffness.
  16. Edema control can be initiated with compression gloves, digital massage, and active and passive ROM of the leg.
  17. A home exercise program or outpatient occupational therapy is started immediately post-operatively to maintain full range of motion of the leg and limit the development of intrinsic muscle tightness

Primary Prevention[32][23][51]

There are various preventive options to reduce the incidence of the Hip bone fracture-dislocation

  1. Using suitable hip joint guards during practicing sports (skating, biking) and/or driving motorbikes
  2. Avoid falls in elderly individuals
  3. Prevention and/or treatment of osteoporosis
  4. Healthy diet

Secondary Prevention[23][51][52][50][46][8]

It should be noted that the Post-menopausal women specially older than the age of 65 are at the higher risk of osteoporosis consequently these type of patients at greater risk for the pathological fractures .

So the Calcium and vitamin D supplementation play important role in increasing the bone mineral density (BMD) consequently decrease the risk of fracture in these type of patients. Also, avoiding excessive alcohol and quitting smoking play important role in this regard.

Detecting osteoporosis[22]

Pharmacological therapy[4][53]

Life style modifications [4][53][51]

See also


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