Quick Answer: How Do I Know If I Fractured My Hip?

Can you still walk with a fractured hip?

Hip Fracture Symptoms You may be unable to walk.

Your skin around the injury may also swell, get red or bruise.

Some people with hip fractures can still walk.

They might just complain of vague pain in their hips, butt, thighs, groin or back..

What can be done for a hairline fracture of the hip?

Severe fractures are usually treated with surgery. Stress fractures, which are tiny hairline cracks in the bone, may or may not require surgery. Hairline fractures often are caused by ongoing overuse, such as from regular long-distance running.

How do I know if my hip pain is serious?

Seek immediate medical attentionA joint that appears deformed.Inability to move your leg or hip.Inability to bear weight on the affected leg.Intense pain.Sudden swelling.Any signs of infection (fever, chills, redness)

Can you walk on a femoral stress fracture?

If you have or suspect you have a stress fracture of the shaft of the femur, you shouldn’t continue to exercise or participate in sport. A stress fracture represents an area of breakdown and weakness within the bone.

How do you detect a stress fracture?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An MRI is considered the best way to diagnose stress fractures. It can visualize lower grade stress injuries (stress reactions) before an X-ray shows changes. This type of test is also better able to distinguish between stress fractures and soft tissue injuries.

What does a bruised hip bone feel like?

Signs and symptoms of a bruised hip The affected hip may feel stiff. You could have difficulty moving it, like when walking. Pain often increases if any pressure is applied to the bruise. You might have swelling in the area or even a lump at or near the bruise site.

Can a hip fracture heal on its own?

A broken hip may also be allowed to heal without surgery. In some cases, if the hip is fractured, it may not need to be treated with surgery. For example, if the ends of the broken bone are impacted, or were pushed together due to extreme force from an accident of fall, the bone can heal naturally.

What does a stress fracture in the hip feel like?

What Are the Symptoms of Stress Fractures? Stress fractures of the hip cause pain in the groin or front of the hip that is activity related. Most people with stress fractures will have pain when running that goes away with rest. If the pain is ignored and the stress fracture worsens, pain may become constant.

How painful is a hip fracture?

A hip fracture can cause hip pain, swelling or bruising, and the hip may look deformed. It may be difficult to move the hip, especially turning the foot outwards or bending at the hip. The fracture may make the hip seem too weak to lift the leg. People usually have pain in the groin when they put weight on the hip.

Can you fracture your hip and not know it?

In rare cases, usually in people who are bed-bound and do not put weight on their hips, a hip fracture may not cause any symptoms. If your doctor suspects you have a hip fracture, an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can confirm the diagnosis.

What is life expectancy after hip fracture?

One in three adults aged 50 and over dies within 12 months of suffering a hip fracture. Older adults have a five-to-eight times higher risk of dying within the first three months of a hip fracture compared to those without a hip fracture. This increased risk of death remains for almost ten years.

What is the difference between a fractured hip and a broken hip?

A broken hip is usually a fracture in the upper portion of your femur, or thigh bone. A joint is a point where two or more bones come together, and the hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball is the head of the femur and the socket is the curved part of the pelvic bone, called the acetabulum.

How do you know if you have a femoral stress fracture?

Deep thigh or groin pain, particularly while doing activity, is the most common and noticeable symptom of femoral stress fracture. Runners are at highest risk for the injury, followed by gymnasts, ice skaters and ballerinas. Other risk factors include: A sudden increase in training (mileage, intensity, frequency)