Older adults have a higher risk of a hip or pelvic fracture because of osteoporosis, which is a gradual weakening of the bones that occurs naturally over time. Women have a greater risk than men of a hip fracture in elderly people. Sometimes what is mistaken as a fall that causes a hip or pelvic fracture is actually the reverse; the fracture happens first and then the fall.
American baby boomers are getting older. Many are nearing the age when a hip or pelvic fracture is a common occurrence. Pelvic fracture in elderly people and hip fracture surgery is increasing. A study published in the Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Journal says that one in three women and one in twelve men will have a hip or pelvic fracture during their lifetime. The Center for Disease Control reports the risk of hip fractures for the elderly in nursing homes is very high and happens to about 300,000 people each year in the U.S.
The common concerns are:
- What are the symptoms of a fractured hip?
- How does a broken pelvis feel?
- Can you walk when the pelvis is broken?
- Is there hip fracture treatment without surgery?
- What is a fractured pelvis recovery time?
CEDA Health professionals are experts in hip fracture pathophysiology. This includes what happens when a person has a hip or pelvic fracture and what are the underlying conditions that caused it. Let’s answer your questions…
For the patients of CEDA Health these are the most common symptoms and feelings of pain:
- Pain in the upper thigh area and/or groin. This pain can occur if the pelvic or hip bone is weak, but not yet broken.
- Flexing or rotating the hip causes severe discomfort.
- If the bone is already broken, the injured side made have a shorter leg than the uninjured side.
- Often the leg on the broken side will be held with the foot and knee turned away from the body.
- Walking is very difficult and painful. If the hip is broken on both sides it will not be possible to walk. This is called a double fracture.
If you have any of these symptoms then a board certified orthopedic specialist at one of the Miami CEDA Health clinics near you can diagnose the condition and provide treatment options that include:
- Non-surgical treatment before a fracture occurs including rest in bed
- Surgery options including repair options or hip replacement
- Physical therapy after surgery to aid hip fracture recovery
Pelvic Fractures Treated by CEDA Health in Miami, FL
There are three types of pelvic fractures noted by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which are:
- Intracapsular – This is in the area where the bone socket of the leg connects to the hip.
- Intertrochanteric – This area is lower. The fracture occurs in the trochanter, which is the bump one can feel under the skin outside of the hip.
- Subtrochanteric – This area is lower still by up to two and one-half inches. Sometimes multiple fractures occur in this area.
CEDA Health in Miami and Hialeah provides a full range of options for orthopedic surgery and physical therapy for recovery.
Visit a CEDA Health office near you for a consultation.
CEDA Health has clinics in many locations and serves the following areas:
- Aventura, FL
- Coral Gables, FL
- Doral, FL
- Downtown/Little Havana, FL
- FIU/Kendall, FL
- Hialeah, FL
- Key Biscayne, FL
- Miami Beach, FL
- Miami Springs, FL
- South Miami, FL
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Here are the CEDA Health locations:
CEDA Health – South Miami
6075 Sunset Drive, 4th Floor
South Miami, FL 33143
CEDA Health – FIU/Kendall
11890 SW 8th Street, Suite 400
Miami, FL 33184
CEDA Health – Hialeah
755 East 49th
Hialeah, FL 33013
CEDA Health – Downtown/Little Havana
2190 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135