Hip fractures are fairly common, especially in older adults who are prone to slip-and-fall accidents. However, even in younger individuals, fractures can occur as the result of sports injuries and automobile accidents, stress injuries, and osteoporosis.
Hip fractures can make it extremely painful to walk or participate in normal daily activities. While these fractures can heal on their own, this would require twelve or more weeks of complete immobilization. This increases the risk of a number of complications, including:
- A significant loss of strength and muscle mass
- Blood clots
- Bed sores
To help avoid these potentially serious issues, prompt treatment is required. Multiple procedures are available as surgical treatment is routinely recommended. The type of surgery required depends on both the fracture pattern, as well as the patient’s activity level.
Potential surgical treatment options include:
- Percutaneous Pinning
- Partial Hip Replacement (Hemiarthroplasty)
- Total Hip Replacement
- Intramedullary Rod
After hip fracture surgery, medication and physical therapy can help the patient gradually restore their flexibility and range of motion.
At Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine, Dr. Gerald “Trey” Alexander III, M.D. provides comprehensive treatment for simple and complex hip fractures. Dr. Alexander is fellowship-trained in hip and knee surgery, providing his patients with individualized treatment plans to reflect their unique needs. Hip pinning surgery and total joint replacement are among our many treatment options.
For more information about our approach to treating hip fractures, contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today.
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