New methods for management of acute hip fracture
The Hip Attack Program at Research Medical Center offers a new evidence-based management of patients with hip fracture. Any hour. Every day.
New Treatment for Hip Fractures
- New practice standards no longer suggest waiting 24 hours to make treatment decisions for patients with hip fracture.
- Latest guidelines recommend surgery be performed within 24 hours after the hip attack event to achieve the best outcomes.
Hip Attack Program Features
- Fast-Track diagnosis of hip fracture
- Fast-Track discussion and decision regarding surgery
- When indicated, surgery is scheduled within hours, not days
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy will be started soon after surgery to help patients regain strength
- Dedicated Hip Attack Clinic to care for patients after surgery and guide their progress
Life-Saving Care for Hip Fracture
Why is Hip Fracture so Life-Threatening?
A hip fracture is a serious injury, with complications that can be life-threatening. This is why there is a new name for hip fracture in the elderly, Hip Attack. The impact of this attack on one’s health increases with age. Seeking medical treatment quickly is proven to lead to better outcomes and greater return to quality of life.
Older people are at a greater risk for hip fracture because our bones tend to weaken with age (osteoporosis). Multiple medical conditions, poor vision and balance issues also make older people more likely to fall or trip over something — these are the most common causes of this Hip Attack or hip fracture.
For the best outcome, hip fracture almost always requires surgical repair or replacement, followed by physical therapy. Taking steps to maintain bone density and avoid falls can help prevent a hip fracture.
How to Tell if You Broke Your Hip?
Signs and symptoms of a hip fracture include:
- Inability to move immediately after a fall
- Severe pain in the hip or groin
- Inability to put weight on the affected leg, on the side of injury
- Stiffness, bruising and swelling near the hip area
- Shorter leg on the side of the injured hip
- Turning outward of the leg on the injured hip side