December 6, 2021

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5 things to know about hip fractures

Each year more than 300,000 people in the U.S. experience a hip fracture, and most of these fractures occur in people 65 and older who are injured during a fall. While risk of hip fracture rises with age, eating healthy, exercising, and taking steps to improve and maintain muscle and bone health, even at a young age, can help prevent future hip fractures.

Dr. Christopher Jarrett, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Wilmington Health, specializes in hips, knees and general orthopaedic conditions. Jarrett said he’s treated many patients with hip fractures.

“As the general population ages, I think it’s something that we are going to see more and more of,” he said.

1. Falls are the most common cause of hip fractures

Hip fractures can be very painful, and Jarrett said their most common cause is a fall. Additionally, he said a major risk factor for hip fractures is having osteoporosis.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, in elderly people who have bones weakened by osteoporosis even little trauma, like walking, may result in a hip fracture. With weakened bones, hip fractures can also follow a slip or twisting injury.

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