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What treatments are available for hip fractures?

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2023 | Slip-and-fall Accidents

Hip fractures are a common injury, particularly in older adults. Building managers, store and property owners and others in charge of public spaces must keep the space free of falling hazards. After all, the majority of hip fractures occur due to a slip-and-fall accident.

If you suffered a hip fracture due to a slip-and-fall, you most likely require surgical intervention to repair the hip. The type of surgery you undergo depends on the severity and location of the fracture.

Full replacement of the hip

A total hip replacement is the most invasive and complex surgery. The surgeon will remove the upper femur and socket to replace them with prostheses. While it may sound like a complicated surgery, it is also one of the most effective procedures. Those who receive a total hip replacement tend to have better outcomes than partial hip replacement patients.

Replacement of a partial hip

If the fracture does not damage the joint or you do not live independently, the physician may order a partial hip replacement. The partial hip replacement does not account for the joint and instead includes a new ball for the hip. The physician will use an artificial ceramic, plastic or metal ball.

Repair to the internal structure

For those who do not need a replacement, the surgeon can use metal screws to hold the bone together. In addition to screws, the doctor may also use a metal plate that runs down to the femur. Generally, doctors choose surgery to secure the bone for quick healing.

Most serious hip injuries, including fractures, will require you to receive some physical therapy. Physical therapy follows surgical intervention and increases range-of-motion while strengthening your lower body.