A vitamin D test measures the amount of vitamin D in the blood. Your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Calcium keeps your bones and muscles healthy and strong. If your muscles don't get enough calcium, they can cramp, hurt, or feel weak. You may have long-term (chronic) muscle aches and pains. If you don't get enough vitamin D throughout life, you are more likely to have thin and brittle bones (osteoporosis) in your later years. Children who don't get enough vitamin D may not grow as much as others their age. They also have a chance of getting a rare disease called rickets. Your body uses sunshine to make its own vitamin D. Vitamin D is found in foods such as egg yolks, liver, and saltwater fish. It is added to many food products, such as milk and cereals. You can also get it as supplements, often combined with calcium. Many people can get the amount of vitamin D needed each day through food and sunlight. The vitamin D test is also called the 25-hydroxy vitamin D, or 25(OH)D,
What is a hip fracture? A hip fracture is more than a broken bone. If you are older, breaking your hip can mean a major change in your life. You will probably need surgery, and it can take as long as a year to recover. But activity and physical therapy can help you get your strength and mobility back. Most people break their hip near the upper part of the thighbone (femur). It usually happens near where the thighbone fits into the hip joint.What causes hip fractures?Most hip fractures happen to people who are 65 or older, and they are usually caused by falls. As you get older, your bones naturally lose some strength and are more likely to break, even from a minor fall. Children and young adults are more likely to break a hip because of a bike or car accident or a sports injury.Other things that increase your risk of breaking your hip include: Being female.Your family history—being thin or tall or having family members who had fractures later in life.Not getting enough calcium and
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Surgery is usually the best treatment for a broken (fractured) hip. Two types of surgery are used. Internal fixation. Internal fixation involves stabilizing broken bones with surgical screws,nails,rods,or plates. This type of surgery is usually for people who have fractures in which the bones can be properly aligned. This may also be called "hip pinning." Hip replacement surgery ...
Learning about hip fracture:What is a hip fracture?What increases my risk of a hip fracture?Why do women have more hip fractures than men?How much calcium and vitamin D do I need, and how can I get more?How can I help prevent falls at home?Getting treatment:How is a hip repair done?How is a hip replacement done?