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What are possible complications of hip fracture?

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This is when you have a break in the top quarter of your thighbone, aka the femur. It can damage surrounding muscles, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, and nerves. If they’re not treated right away, a hip fracture could make it harder for you to get around for long stretches of time. When that happens, it could make you more likely to have:

  • Blood clots in your legs or lungs
  • Bedsores
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Loss of muscle mass, which can lead to more falls and injuries.

SOURCES

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “OrthoInfo: Hip Fractures.” “Hip Fracture Prevention.”

CDC: “Hip Fractures Among Older Adults.”

New York University Langone Medical Center: “Types of Hip & Pelvic Fractures.”

Houston Methodist Hospital: “Stress Fracture of the Hip.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

SOURCES

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “OrthoInfo: Hip Fractures.” “Hip Fracture Prevention.”

CDC: “Hip Fractures Among Older Adults.”

New York University Langone Medical Center: “Types of Hip & Pelvic Fractures.”

Houston Methodist Hospital: “Stress Fracture of the Hip.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on October 17, 2018

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