Hip fractures are common, particularly in the elderly. It is an injury that can be serious in those more advanced in age, as it can lead to morbidity, a change in living arrangements and even death. A fall—from the standing position or while walking—is often the cause of the hip fracture.
Symptoms of a fracture of the hip typically include hip pain and/or the inability to walk. It can be felt as pain in the groin area or in the upper thigh. If a fall has occurred, consult a physician, as they need to diagnose if a fracture has happened—and if it is a hip fracture. Other common injuries in the area include a pelvis fracture and a spine injury. A qualified specialist, like Dr. Geller, can evaluate the injury and suggest the best treatment option for that particular patient.
Radiographs and other imaging studies, like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans, may be used to diagnose the fracture. MRIs are helpful as they may be done right after the hip injury has occurred. In addition, MRIs can detect issues in the soft-tissue, such as a strain in the muscle tissue and bursitis.