Broken Hip: ( Hip Fracture ) Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

A Broken Hip Overview

If you sustained a broken hip whether through a fall or an accident, you could qualify for free orthopaedic treatment which could help speed up a broken hip healing time. Receiving the correct treatment from the word go is essential to reduce the risk of suffering complications.

A fractured or broken hip is extremely painful and could put you out of action for months. Having fallen and suffered this type of injury or having been in some sort of accident that leaves you with a broken hip, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible which not only ensures that any pain you are experiencing is managed sooner rather than later, but it also means you have a medical report relating to a broken hip which would go a long way in establishing whether you would qualify for free orthopaedic treatment.

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What is a Fractured Hip/ Broken Hip?

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A broken hip is extremely painful whether it is a fracture to the hip, to the joint or any other bones found near to it. Fractured hips are serious injuries that typically require surgery. When an elderly person suffers a fractured hip, it is considered as being a dangerous and severe injury which during the recovery period has an alarmingly high mortality rate even when expertly treated. The broken hip pictures in this guide indicate just where a break or fracture may occur.

What Key Facts Relate to a Fractured or Broken Hip?

Over time, broken hip and hip fracture surgery has become more common than in the past. Today, it is common practice for people to undergo broken hip surgery because the average age is higher than it was in times past. As such, a person is more likely to develop some sort of bone issue that negatively impacts their hips, their joints and surrounding bones which includes a condition known as osteoporosis which refers to a weakening of  bones.

A trip, slip and fall can lead to a serious injury when it involves the elderly more especially if they fracture or break a hip in the process which requires surgical intervention. Sadly, and as previously mentioned, the mortality rate among the elderly who sustain a broken hip remains very high. Studies show that more than 1.5 million people worldwide suffered some kind of fracture to a bone during the course of 2017 with the most common fracture being a broken hip in elderly people.


What are the Symptoms and Signs relating to a Broken Hip?

Anyone who suffers a broken hip, whether young or elderly will experience extreme pain. There are serious symptoms associated with a fractured or broken hip which are detailed below:

  • Extreme pain
  • An inability to walk, move around or rotate an affected leg – a broken hip would require surgery in order to realign affected bones
  • Bruising and swelling around a hip joint
  • A leg may seem shorter which occurs if a hip joint has collapsed
  • A leg may turn outwards – a clear sign of a hip fracture
  • A hairline fracture to the hip – symptoms are the same but less extreme

If you experience any of the symptoms above following a fall or if you were involved in an accident, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. When an elderly person experiences any of the above symptoms, they must be seen by a medical professional as a matter of urgency.

What Are the Most Common Reasons You Might Sustain a Broken Hip?

You could suffer a broken hip for a multitude of reasons, but there are four common causes why people sustain this type of injury, these are detailed below:

  • An unbroken fall from a moderate height with an example being falling from a ladder onto a hard surface whether you fall feet first or on either one of your sides
  • A blunt trauma to your hip which often occurs when a person is involved in a high-speed road accident
  • Weakened bones caused by specific health issues namely osteoporosis, health issue that commonly affects the elderly but can be seen in younger people too
  • Obesity – carrying too much weight puts a tremendous about of strain and pressure on your hip bones and this can result in a fractured or broken hip

When Should You Seek Medical Attention for a Hip Fracture or Broken Hip?

A broken hip is extremely painful and as such, you should seek medical attention as a matter of urgency, which is especially true for the elderly should they have the misfortune of falling and suffering this type of fracture. If you are over the age of 65, a broken or fractured hip must be taken very seriously because your whole body could go into shock. In very severe, extreme cases, it could result in death because an older person could have real problems coping with the shock of sustaining such a severe injury to the hip. Even when an elderly person receives hospital treatment, sadly the mortality rate, as previously mentioned, remains worryingly high.

If you believe you have a broken hip following an accident or a fall, you must not attempt to walk or move around, but instead call for an ambulance to come to your aid. You would then be stretchered to hospital to receive the medical attention needed for a broken hip. Should you be on your own in the home, you must not try to move around, but rather call for assistance by banging on the floor or calling out loudly for someone to help you. Attempting to move around could result in more damage being done to your broken hip.

Can I Get a Free Expert Orthopaedic Assessment of My Broken Bone Report

The hospital treatment you receive for a broken hip would involve having a x-ray of the affected joint and surrounding area. This type of imaging helps doctors identify the severity and complexity of your injury. The doctor would then be able to write a medical report on your broken hip and you should ask for a copy of the report for your own personal file which you would take home with you.

 You may qualify for a free orthopaedic assessment of your broken hip report and you may qualify for free private medical care for a broken hip with a specialist in your area. Call us today to find out if you would be eligible and if you could receive treatment in your area.

How Does a Medical Professional Diagnose a Broken Hip?

When it comes to diagnosing a broken hip, a medical professional would first ask the following questions during an initial consultation:

  • How did your accident happen?
  • Where did the accident occur?
  • Have you suffered a similar injury in the past?
  • Do you suffer from any long-term medical health issues?
  • Are you on any medication?
  • When was the last time you ate or drank anything?

If a doctor’s initial diagnosis is that you have a broken hip and they have taken x-rays, a CT or MRI scan, they would then move you to an orthopaedic ward in order to stabilise your condition and prepare you for hip fracture surgery.

What is the Treatment for a Broken Hip?

The majority of broken hip injuries require surgical intervention which is typically carried out 48-hours following a diagnosis. If left any longer, it could result in complications and where the elderly are involved, it could even lead to death from the shock and the trauma they sustained.

Today, around half of all broken hip cases require a partial or full replacement. The other 50% of cases need reconstructive surgery which involves placing pins, screws and plates in the hip bones to put them back together and to keep them in place. A medical professional would decide which route to take depending on your age, your general health, the condition of your bones and on how mobile you were prior to your broken hip injury.

Could I Qualify For Free Private Treatment for a Broken Hip?

The broken hip picture below provides NHS waiting times for hip replacement surgery. It is worth noting that although the treatment you receive through the NHS is effective, unfortunately, the treatment is at the lower end of the cost scale. In short, treatment for a broken hip that is provided by the private medical care sector is, in general, far better than that of the NHS.

To find out if you qualify for free orthopaedic private medical treatment for a broken hip in your area, please call us today and we will give you an answer in seconds.

Can I Care for My Fractured / Broken Hip at Home?

Once you have been discharged from hospital following broken hip surgery, it is important to take great care so that your recovery is as effective and quick as possible. Detailed below are tips on how to care for a broken hip at home following surgery:

  • Rest – you must take it easy for several weeks and remain as still as possible during this time. You may have to remain bedridden and as such, you may need assistance. Care assistance is typically provided for the elderly during the recovery period
  • Pain management – before being discharged from hospital, you would have been prescribed painkillers and it is essential that you do not exceed the prescribed dose. Should the pain in your hip worsen, you should contact your doctor and arrange an examination as soon as possible
  • Avoid walking or moving around – you may find that you can stand without experiencing any pain but it is important not to walk, bearing in mind that the healing process takes time and attempting to walk could slow things down
  • Keep all your follow-up appointments – it is extremely important to keep all doctor/hospital appointments during the healing process particularly if you have undergone partial or full hip replacement surgery

Is There Any Other Good Treatment I Can Get for Free?

To find out if you quality for free private broken hip treatment and care, call us today and we can advise you whether you would be entitled to receive a free wheelchair so that you remain mobile whilst you are recovering from broken hip surgery. We would also look into the sort of additional private care you may qualify for in your area.

Follow Up Treatment for a Broken Hip

Anyone who undergoes broken hip surgery whether young or elderly, must continue to have check-ups during the recovery period. Constant monitoring is essential which means visiting a hospital every 2 weeks. These follow-up appointments allows a medical professional to check on your broken hip healing progress and to make sure no complications have developed which includes those detailed below:

  • Vascular or avascular necrosis – a medical condition that negatively impacts blood flow to the long bone found in your leg which is known as the femoral head. Should you have developed this condition it would weaken the bone and could turn gangrenous if left untreated
  • Blood clots – when blood clots form in your leg, they can travel up to your lungs which could result in your suffering a fatal pulmonary embolism if left untreated

How Long Does it Take for a Broken Hip to Heal?

Providing no complications develop, the healing time for a broken hip takes around 6 weeks. However, when an elderly person suffers this type of injury, recovery time for a broken hip can take a lot longer. Should you have undergone partial hip or full hip surgery, the healing process can take a lot of time and for the elderly, this can be up to a year whereas for a younger, fitter person it would take up to 4 months or so.

Can Recovery From a Fractured Or Broken Hip be Safer and Maybe Quicker?

The rehabilitation period for a broken or fractured hip is typically a long process, but you could speed up your recovery by receiving private care and in particular, physiotherapy which would be effective when it comes to getting back on your feet faster following broken hip surgery.

To find out if you qualify for free private physiotherapy following broken hip surgery, please get in touch today and we can tell you if this is possible in your area.

What is the Typical Prognosis for a Broken Hip?

The prognosis having sustained a broken hip varies from person to person because the recovery time depends on your age, your overall health and fitness as well as the severity and complexity of your injury and subsequent surgery.

  • If you are under the age of 65 and have undergone a partial or full hip replacement, the prognosis is good and you should be able to get back to your normal life in around 6 to 8 months following your surgery
  • If you are over the age of 65 and have undergone broken hip surgery on whether it is partial or a full hip replacement, the prognosis does not tend to be so good. You could recover some mobility, but you may need to use a frame to get around. Should any complications have developed, you may end up being wheelchair bound for the remainder of your life

It is also worth noting that shock and trauma play a role in the recovery period particularly for people over the age of 65. This puts the elderly at much greater risk of mortality than their younger counterparts.

Are There Any Complications Associated With a Broken Hip?

Unfortunately, there are several serious complications that can develop during the broken hip recovery period, some of which are minor. This includes pain and discomfort following surgery. However, other complications are more serious which are detailed below:

  • Infection – an infection may develop following partial or full hip replacement surgery. Luckily, the figure is low with around 3% of people suffering an infection after surgery on a broken hip. However, the risk remains which is why constant monitoring is essential
  • Bedsores – otherwise known as pressure ulcers or sores, these can develop when you are bed-ridden for any length of time
  • Blood clots – these can form in your legs following broken hip replacement surgery and they could travel to other parts of your body which could prove fatal. As such, regular follow-up after-care is essential during your recovery period

Could My Doctor Have Missed Something Regarding My Hip Injury?

NHS doctors and medical professionals work long, tiring hours over the course of a working week. When tired, mistakes can be made and symptoms overlooked in error. If you believe the treatment for a broken hip you received was not quite right or that  your treatment was not carried out as well as it should have been, you must ask questions and find out more about a broken hip, the surgery involved and the recovery period which you can do by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.

To find out if you would be entitled to a free assessment of your broken bone report, please contact us today.

What are the Long-Term Health Issues of a Broken Hip?

There are serious long-term side effects associated with fractured or broken hip injuries with trauma and shock to your body being high on the list. This can effect you long after your recovery from such a serious injury. Research has established that the mortality rate in people who suffered a broken hip is 5 to 8 times higher than the norm which can be up to 2 years following an injury and undergoing the necessary hip replacement surgery. The risk of dying continues although 10 years following surgery, the chances of dying are reduced.

With this said, more recent studies have established that the risk of dying may not be entirely diminished even though you may appear to have made a full recovery following hip replacement surgery. As such, it vitally important that you keep all follow-up appointments with a doctor and to arrange regular check-ups for them to check your overall health even if you suffered a broken hip years in the past.

Find Out if You Qualify for Free Private Treatment

If you had the misfortune of sustaining a broken hip and would like to know more about the free orthopaedic treatment for broken hip options that may be available in your area and to see if you qualify for free physiotherapy aftercare, please get in touch with us today.

Links to More Information About a Broken Hip

To find out more information about a broken hip provided by the NHS, please follow the link below:

Information about broken hips – NHS

If you are about to undergo hip replacement surgery and would like to know more about the procedure, please click on the link below

Information on hip replacement surgery – NHS

If you are suffering from osteoporosis and would like to know more about the condition, please follow the link below:

Information about osteoporosis – NHS