Most commonly caused by falls, the risk for hip fractures increases with age. Older adults are at the highest risk because of changes in bone structure and overall health. Medical complications from hip fractures can be life threatening. Because there are possible serious consequences, you should see your doctor or go to the Emergency Department if you suspect that you fractured your hip.
Hip Fracture Symptoms
A hip fracture occurs when the top part of the Femur breaks. You will feel pain when your Femur breaks. The pain will increase when you attempt to move your thigh. You may not be able to stand or put weight on your leg. Your leg may turn outward at an extreme angle or appear to be shorter than your other leg. If you suspect that you fractured your hip, you need to be seen by your doctor or go to the Emergency Department of a hospital immediately.