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What are the possible symptoms of a broken hip?

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Personal Injury

A broken hip is a significant injury necessitating immediate medical care. It is also a fairly common subject of personal injury claims, especially for older Americans. However, recognizing the symptoms promptly can ensure timely intervention and help prevent complications as a result of the injuries.

Common symptoms

The primary indicator of a broken hip is severe pain. This is typically sharp and intense. It is most often felt in the thigh, outer hip, pelvis and groin area. The pain may also extend from the buttock down to the leg.

The next most common symptom is an inability to move or walk. This can be due to the severity of the pain, or because of the fracture itself.

You may also notice that your hip and leg begin to look different. For example, you may notice visible swelling and bruising around the hip area, or the affected leg might appear shorter than the other and could be turned outward.

Risk factors

There are many risk factors that increase the likelihood of experiencing a hip fracture. One is age. As your age increases, your risk increases. Another is gender. Women are more susceptible due to higher osteoporosis rates. A third is bone health. Conditions like osteoporosis and other endocrine disorders weaken bones.

Long-term use of certain medications can also contribute to bone fragility. And, finally, lifestyle choices can be a hidden risk factor, but one that you have the most control. Poor nutrition, obesity and the use of tobacco and alcohol also heighten the risk of a broken hip.

Diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosing a hip fracture typically involves a physical examination and imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans or MRIs. Treatment options include medication to manage pain and inflammation and/or surgery to repair the fracture, in addition to physical therapy for rehabilitation and recovery.


Preventing hip fractures involves several strategies. Protect your bones with proper nutrition and lifestyle modifications. A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D strengthens bones. Regular physical activity helps maintain bone density and muscle strength. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. And, minimize fall risks by removing home hazards, using non-slip mats and ensuring good lighting.

Unfortunately, even if you care for bones, change your lifestyle, and get regular eye exams and careful medication management to avoid dizziness, you cannot fully avoid the negligence of others. This is why hip fractures are so common in older Americans in personal injury claims. A broken hip is a severe condition that requires swift medical attention. It is crucial to seek immediate medical care.