Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Often your doctor can determine that you have a hip fracture based on your symptoms and by observing the abnormal position of your hip and leg. An X-ray usually will confirm that you have a fracture and show exactly where the fracture is on your bone.

If your X-ray doesn't show a fracture but you still have hip pain, your doctor may order a CT or an MRI scan to look for a small hairline fracture.

Most hip fractures occur in one of two locations along your femur, the long bone that extends from your pelvis to your knee:

  • The femoral neck. The femoral neck is located in the upper portion of your femur, just below its head, which is the ball part of the ball-and-socket joint.
  • The intertrochanteric region. This region is a little farther down from the actual hip joint, in the portion of your upper femur that juts outward.
Mar. 22, 2012