Hip Fracture in Miami, FL
The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as hip fractures. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.
What is a Hip Fracture?
A hip fracture is a fracture in the upper quarter of the femur, or thigh bone. There are three primary types of hip fractures, which are classified according to the location of the fracture in the upper femur:
- Intracapsular Fracture: This fracture occurs at the level of the neck and head of the femur and is generally within the capsule, or soft-tissue sheath, which contains the synovial fluid that lubricates and nourishes the hip joint.
- Intertrochanteric Fracture: This fracture generally occurs in the area between the lesser trochanter and the greater trochanter, which are bony protrusions that serve as points of attachment to muscle.
- Subtrochanteric Fracture: This fracture is located below the lesser trochanter.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of Hip Fractures?
Most hip fractures are caused by a fall or a direct blow to the hip. Certain medical conditions such as osteoporosis, cancer, or repetitive stress injuries may debilitate the musculoskeletal system, increasing the risk of hip fracture. It is even possible for elderly patients, with extremely brittle bones and connective tissue, to fracture their hips from merely standing on the leg and twisting or stepping off a curb.
A hip fracture is typically an extremely painful condition, with the patient experiencing a sharp, shooting pain over the outer upper thigh, or groin area. Any attempt to flex or rotate the hip will cause severe discomfort. If a pre-existing condition, such as a stress injury or a disease such as cancer, has weakened the bone beforehand, the patient may have experienced pain in the groin or thigh area for an extended period of time prior to the fracture. If the bone is totally fractured, the injured leg may appear shorter than the other leg.
How is a Hip Fracture Treated?
Most hip fractures require surgery, although certain types of fractures may be considered stable enough to be managed with non-surgical treatment, benefitting those patients who may be poor candidates for surgery. Patients that are confined to bed rest, as part of the management regimen for a hip fracture will need to be closely monitored for complications that can occur from prolonged immobilization.
The type of surgery used to treat a hip fracture is primarily determined by the bones and soft tissues that have been affected, the location of the fracture, and the patient’s overall health, age, and lifestyle. Surgery may be performed under either general or spinal anesthesia.
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