Hip fractures usually are diagnosed
with a physical exam and
X-rays. Signs of
hip fracture include pain in the groin, thigh, and
knee, being unable to move the leg, and the leg being shorter than the other
and rotated to the outside.
In some cases a fracture is not
visible on the first X-ray. But your doctor will still suspect a hip fracture
because of your hip pain or recent fall. In these cases, your doctor may
suggest other tests, such as:
A fever -- also known as a high fever or a high temperature -- is not by itself an illness. It's usually a symptom of an underlying condition, most often an infection.
Fever is usually associated with physical discomfort, and most people feel better when a fever is treated. But depending on your age, physical condition, and the underlying cause of your fever, you may or may not require medical treatment for the fever alone. Many experts believe that fever is a natural bodily defense against infection...
To prevent hip fractures, doctors should ask older people at
least once a year whether they have fallen. If a single fall has occurred, a
simple test should be done to assess the risk of more falls. Your doctor will
watch you stand up from a chair without using your arms, walk several paces,
and return (called the "get-up-and-go test"). If you have any trouble or
unsteadiness, you need further assessment. This includes a detailed medical
history, a review of your medicines, and an examination of vision, balance, and