DefinitionBy Mayo Clinic Staff
A hip fracture is a serious injury, with complications that can be life-threatening. The risk of hip fracture rises with age.
Older people are at a higher risk of hip fracture because bones tend to weaken with age (osteoporosis). Multiple medications, poor vision and balance problems also make older people more likely to trip and fall — one of the most common causes of hip fracture.
A hip fracture almost always requires surgical repair or replacement, followed by months of physical therapy. Taking steps to maintain bone density and avoid falls can help prevent hip fracture.
March 11, 2015
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