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Find out just what's broken when you have a hip fracture

Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball is the curved head of your thigh bone (femur). It fits into a socket in your pelvic bone. But injuries to the pelvic bone aren't called hip fractures. A hip fracture is a break that occurs in the uppermost section of your thigh bone. In general, there are three kinds of hip fractures.


Some hip fractures can be fixed with screws, nails, plates or a combination. In other cases—such as when the bones are damaged by arthritis—a hip replacement may be necessary.

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Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Reviewed 2/3/2021

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