Your hip is the most important part in retaining balance and its primary function is to support the weight of the body in both static (e.g. standing) and dynamic (e.g. walking or running) postures. A broken hip is a fracture in the upper portion of your thighbone, or femur. It is a serious condition and mostly requires a surgery to heal. In addition, complications associated with a broken hip can be life-threatening. The common causal factors are:
- Lack of dietary calcium leading to osteoporosis occurring commonly to people who are fussy about drinking milk.
- Lack of exposure to sunlight as many elderly people avoid moving out in the sun.
- Lack of exercise springing out of general lethargy and lack of motivation to move out of the house. The fact is even casual walks help maintaining calcium in bones.
- Uncoordinated movements due to aging produces muscle imbalance and distribution of weight inappropriately.
There are other exceptional causes that lead to hip fracture such as cyst in the bone, abnormal blood vessels causing thinning of outer part (cortex) of bone and bone tumour. You may be at increased risk for breaking your hip if you’re 60 years or older, but it is not limited to them alone. It can occur more likely to people with case of broken hip in the past, people with Asian or Caucasian descent, women due to their susceptibility to osteoporosis and also to those who have a diet deficient of vitamin D and calcium.
If you suspect a broken hip, seek medical attention immediately in order to avoid further complications. There are different kinds of treatments available which takes the patient’s age and physical condition into consideration.
- Medication - Your doctor may prescribe specific pain medication to reduce discomfort
- Surgery - The most common treatment is a hip replacement surgery that involves removal of the damaged part of hip and putting an artificial hip part in its place
- Physical Therapy - If you have had surgery, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help you recover faster
A hip surgery can leave you with an impaired ability to walk for a period of time which can lead to other conditions like bed sores, blood clots in legs or lungs, urinary tract infections and pneumonia. If you’re an older adult, post surgery care becomes all the more cumbersome due to slower rate of recovery. In such cases, nursing attendants at home can assist the patients with their daily ablutions, dressing of the wounds and more. Since frequent visits to hospital for post surgical care is difficult, availing medical home care comes handy with the support of skilled nurses at home. Home care nursing helps the patients with their post-operative dressing, medicinal assessments and nutrition care at home itself. Thus, availing healthcare at home covers all the post surgical medical attention and home care of the patients at affordable cost.