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What is a 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 happen for lots of reasons and in many ways. Falls -- especially those to the side -- are among the most common causes. Some hip fractures are more serious than others, but most are treated with surgery.

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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