A hip fracture can reduce your future independence and sometimes even shorten your life. About half of people who have a hip fracture aren't able to regain their ability to live independently.

If a hip fracture keeps you immobile for a long time, the complications can include:

  • Blood clots in your legs or lungs
  • Bedsores
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Further loss of muscle mass, increasing your risk of falls and injury

Additionally, people who've had a hip fracture are at increased risk of weakened bones and further falls — which means a significantly higher risk of having another hip fracture.

March 11, 2015

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