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A hip fracture refers to a break in the bones of the leg or pelvis that make up the hip joint. Hip fractures commonly occur from a fall or from a direct blow to the side of the hip. Doctors classify hip fractures according to their location.
Trauma-related arthritis is one of the most common causes of joint damage. It results from damage to the joint from a previous injury. After the injury, bone and cartilage may not heal properly which can lead to:
- Joint losing its natural smooth surface
- Excessive wear on the joint surface
Reducing Your Risk
As the population gets older, the number of hip fractures is likely to increase.
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 joint is a point where multiple bones meet and work together so that you can perform daily tasks like sit, climb stairs, walk comfortably, etc. The hip joint is described as being a “ball and socket” joint due to the joint’s appearance of a ball (femoral head) fitting snugly in a cup-like socket (acetabulum).
The diagnosis and treatment of hip joint problems have improved greatly since a minimally invasive procedure called arthroscopy was developed. Arthroscopy allows a surgeon to see inside the hip and to carry out procedures through small incisions.
The goal of hip replacement is to help you get back to an active lifestyle with less pain. In a total hip replacement surgery, doctors replace the diseased or damaged hip with an implant consisting of a stem, ball, liner, and acetabular cup.
Important Safety Information
As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if hip replacement is right for you.