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Dr. Kennedy "Hip fracture" implies broken bone in the hip, specifically of the femur. This is a major health problem among the elderly, usually due to a fall or other kind of trauma involving direct impact to the hip bone which has been weakened by osteoporosis. The part of the hip most often broken is the greater trochanter of the femur. Since all the major muscle groups in the area attach to the greater trochanter, this injury is very debilitating.

In older people the leading risk factors for falls include weakness, gait and balance disorders, functional, visual or cognitive impairment, and the side effects of drugs. The presence of hazards in the environment such as icy pavements or objects on the floor are important risk factors. More than 300,000 people 65 years old or older are hospitalized each year because of hip fractures in the U.S. About 1/4 survive for less than a year because of the fracture or its complications and most of those who survive have substantial reductions in in their ability to walk and function in daily life. Exercise programs and inspection and control of hazards in the living environment significantly reduce the incidence of falls.

I suspect osteoprosis cause a spontaneous fracture in many cases followed by a fall which is then blamed for the fracture. Osteoporosis can be treated nutritionally. The use of impact-absorbing hip protectors for those at high risk for hip fractures appears to be dramatically helpful. Hip pads can eliminate up to 84% of hip fractures, according to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine.



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