A hip fracture is a serious injury that can reduce your future independence and sometimes even shorten your life. Many adults who lived independently prior to their hip fracture are still in a nursing home more than a year after their injury.

If a hip fracture keeps you immobile for a long time, you may develop one or more of the following complications:

  • Blood clots in your legs or lungs
  • Bedsores
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Pneumonia

Additionally, people who've had one hip fracture have a significantly increased risk of having another one.

Mar. 22, 2012