Hip Fracture

Anay R. Patel, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon & Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

When dealing with a hip fracture, making sure your hip returns to optimal function is paramount. That’s why Anay Patel, MD, provides patients in Houston, Texas, with comprehensive hip fracture diagnoses and personalized treatment options. With hip fractures, he can use both nonoperative and operative methods to correct and realign your hip joints. To learn more, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Hip Fracture Q & A

What is a hip fracture? 

Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The hips, when functioning properly, allow for proper range of motion in your upper legs at the pelvis. A hip fracture occurs when there’s a break in the hip socket in the upper part of the femur or thigh bone. Not every injury to the hip socket is considered a hip fracture. 

Hip fractures can be caused by severe impact injuries, such as a car crash or sports injury. There are also many risk factors, including: 

  • Age
  • Gender (more common in women)
  • Physical inactivity
  • Certain medications
  • Underlying physical conditions
  • Tobacco and alcohol use

A hip fracture is a serious injury. In some cases, the complications can even be life-threatening. Your risk of hip fracture increases with age. This condition typically requires surgical repair or replacement, followed by physical therapy and rehabilitation. 

What are the signs and symptoms of a hip fracture? 

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of a hip fracture include: 

  • Pain in your groin or upper thigh
  • Swelling 
  • Tenderness
  • Discomfort while rotating your hip
  • Outward or inward turning of your foot and knee of your injured leg
  • Shortening of your injured leg

If you suspect something is wrong with your hip and think a fracture is possible, see Dr. Patel right away. 

What are the steps in diagnosing a hip fracture? 

First, Dr. Patel discusses your symptoms with you, performs a thorough physical exam, and closely observes your hip socket movements. He also orders imaging tests such as X-rays to more accurately diagnose a potential hip fracture. Other imaging tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may also be performed to detect the fracture in more detail. 

What’s the typical treatment for a hip fracture? 

Dr. Patel typically treats hip fractures with surgical methods. However, each case is unique and requires personalized treatment. Depending on the factors of your diagnosis, Dr. Patel makes a decision on what type of minimally invasive surgery would be most appropriate for you. 

He treats many cases of hip fracture with surgery to repair the fracture. If the fracture is too severe, a hip replacement procedure may be necessary. In all cases, a rehabilitation process that includes physical therapy follows surgery to help achieve optimal results. 

To find out more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.