Latest Hip fracture Stories
On February 8th, 2012 the U.S.
Hip fractures are a common cause of morbidity and mortality in elderly patients.
There is growing evidence that supports an association between atypical fractures of the femur– a rare break of the thigh bone, typically without trauma – and the use of bisphosphonates, drugs proven to enhance bone density and reduce fracture incidence caused by osteoporosis.
Wrist fractures, also called distal radius fractures (DRF), are among the most common osteoporosis-related fractures occurring on average 15 years earlier than hip fractures.
Heart failure is associated with a 30 percent increase in major fractures and also identifies a high-risk population that may benefit from increased screening and treatment for osteoporosis.
According to a new study, post-menopausal women are 35 percent more likely to suffer a hip fracture if they take indigestion drugs, or "proton pump inhibitors" (PPIs).
More than 250,000 hip fractures occur every year in the U.S., often resulting in hospitalization, surgery, nursing-home admission, long-term disability, and/or extended periods of rehabilitation.
All patients with hip fractures should be fast-tracked through hospital emergency departments and operated on within 48 hours of admission.
Older women who have lost more than two inches in height face an increased risk of breaking bones and dying.
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