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As the U.S. population gets older, the number of hip fractures is likely to increase.

Older people are at a higher risk of hip fracture because bones tend to weaken with age (osteoporosis). Multiple medications, poor vision and balance problems also make older people more likely to trip and fall — one of the most common causes of hip fracture.

About 70 percent of hip fractures occur in women. Women lose bone density at a faster rate than men do, in part because the drop in estrogen levels that occurs with menopause accelerates bone loss. However, men also can develop dangerously low levels of bone density. 1

There are a variety of common factors which make a person vulnerable to a hip fracture, including:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Heredity
  • Mental impairment
  • Nutrition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Personal habits
  • Physical impairments
  • Weakness and dizziness

Falls are a common cause of injuries in people 65 and older in the United States. The most common injuries are head, spine, and hip fractures.

Below are some helpful tips to reduce the risk of injury by a fall.

Exercise

 
 

Make your home safer

 
 
References
  • 1. Mayo Clinic - http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hip-fracture/basics/definition/con-20021033.
    Accessed May 2016.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if hip replacement is right for you.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if hip arthroscopy is right for you.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if hip replacement is right for you.