Broken Hip Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on January 26, 2022
1 min read
  • Keep the person lying on their back.
  • Tie legs together at ankle and knee. Legs may be straight or bent.
  • If you have been trained in how to apply a splint, do it.
  • Secure leg with stiff padding, such as wadded-up blankets or towels, held in place with heavy objects. Padding should extend above the hip and below the knee.
  • If no materials are available, place one hand behind the person’s knee and your other arm along the top of the thigh, so your hand is just below the pelvic area.

Treat for shock if the person has:

  • Rapid and shallow breathing
  • The doctor will do an X-ray and may do an MRI, CT scan, or bone scan.
  • If the person is healthy, surgery will be necessary.
  • A person who is not healthy will be put into traction until the hip heals.