Prof. Dr. Mehmet İşyar – Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Doktoru

Hip Fractures

Mehmet İşyar, M.D. Prof

Hip fractures are a serious type of injury, usually associated with older adults and conditions that lead to bone weakness, such as osteoporosis. The hip is a joint at the upper end of the femur, a large bone that supports body weight and is essential for many daily activities. Hip fractures refer to a fracture of the femur at the top of the hip, and these fractures can occur for a variety of reasons, but the most common causes are falls and traumatic injuries.

The main causes of hip fractures can be the following:

1. **Falls:** It is a common cause of hip fracture, especially in elderly individuals. Falls can affect bones that can easily break due to the weakness of the bones.

2. **Traumatic Injuries:** It can occur as a result of traumatic events such as accidents, sports injuries or car accidents.

Hip fractures affect people with conditions that lead to bone weakness, such as osteoporosis, as they occur as a result of falls in older people. These fractures are often painful and can limit mobility. Hip fractures can significantly affect the patient’s quality of life.

Hip fracture treatment may vary depending on the type and severity of the fracture and the age of the patient. Treatment options may include:

1. **Surgical Intervention:** Hip fractures usually require surgical treatment. These surgical procedures may differ depending on the type and location of the fracture. The hip fracture may be repaired and fixed with internal structures such as bone plates, nails or screws.

2. **Rehabilitation:** After surgery, the patient usually participates in physical therapy and rehabilitation programmes. These programmes are designed to restore mobility and speed up the healing process of the hip fracture.

3. **Medications:** Doctors may prescribe medications for pain management and to support bone health.

Treatment of hip fractures should be determined depending on the type of fracture and the patient’s specific condition. The treatment plan is determined by an orthopaedic specialist and customised according to the patient’s age, health status and lifestyle. Hip fractures can be a serious health problem, so it is very important that the patient receives appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.

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