What Actually Breaks in a Hip Fracture?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
MICHAEL D. O'BRIEN, MD
Approximately 200,000 Americans age 65 years or older are hospitalized each year due to hip fractures, and 95 percent of those are due to falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, it's a trend that may increase as our population ages. In his practice at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers, Michael D. O'Brien, M.D., treats a wide array of hip injuries.
What actually breaks in a hip fracture?
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. One type of fracture, called a subcapital fracture, occurs in the neck of the femur bone, which is right below the ball. A second type of hip fracture occurs in the bend of the femur, which we call an intertrochanteric hip fracture. Those are the two most common that we see.
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