Thank you for visiting Makovicka Physical Therapy’s Hip Fracture page. We have 5 locations in Omaha and the surrounding suburbs and would love to hear from you if you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms below.
Hip fractures are a serious injury, specially if you are older. Most hip fractures occur to those who are 65 and older as their bone density isn’t as high. The weakening of this bone is called osteoporosis, which increases the odds of a fracture. A fractured hip can occur when either the femur (thigh bone) or part of the hip itself fractures, although it typically occurs in the femur as that is the main weight-bearing bone.
Symptoms for an hip fracture may include:
- A snap or pop at the time of injury
- Pain that increases with pressure to the area or movement
- Swelling and/or bruising to the area of the injury
- Shorter leg on the side of the injury
- Inability to put weight on the leg that is injured
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to seek medical advice. Treatments that your doctor may require or recommend may include:
- Surgery: The type of surgery depends on where on the bone the fracture occurred, your age, and the severity of the fracture. Surgery may include implants to either stabilize the bone or to replace part of the bone completely, such as the head of the femur.
- Rehabilitation: After surgery, physical therapy may be started slowly by the staff at the hospital. Once released, your doctor may recommend seeing an outpatient physical therapist to rehab and speed up recovery while preventing further injury.