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Hip fractures are usually caused by a fall. Hip fracture can lead to disability and even death. You can take steps to lower your risk of falls and hip fracture. Learn how in our section on Preventing falls.
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Activities After Hip Replacement (Copyright © American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) — This publication provides information on what to anticipate after a hip replacement while in the hospital, after discharge, and at home. It also offers information on medication, diet, and when to resume to normal activities.
Bone X-ray (Radiography) (Copyright © Radiological Society of North America) — This publication contains information on Bone Radiography, common uses of the procedure, how to prepare for the procedure, how the procedure works, common experiences during the procedure, what the equipment looks like, who may interpret the results and how a patient may obtain them, the risks and benefits and the limitation of Bone Radiography.
Hip Fractures Among Older Adults — This fact sheet discusses how many older adults are affected by hip fracture and ways to prevent hip fracture.
Hip Injuries and Disorders — This site is a general source of information for hip injuries and disorders related to the hip.
Joint Replacement Surgery and You: Information for Multicultural Communities — This publication describes joint replacement surgery including what happens during surgery and what to expect after surgery. It discusses the replacement joint (prosthesis) and reasons why individuals may need joint replacement.
Joint Surgery Center (Copyright © Arthritis Foundation) — This site provides information on the different types of joint surgery and their benefits and risks, and also discusses the types of joint replacement parts. It gives tips about effective communication with your doctor, explains what you can do to prepare for the surgery, and discusses how to take care of yourself.
Once Is Enough: A Guide to Preventing Future Fractures — This fact sheet will help you better understand the relationship between fractures and osteoporosis, so you can take action now to strengthen and protect your bones. It also explains the osteoporosis evaluation procedure.
Preventing Falls and Related Fractures — This publication explains how osteoporosis can progress without symptoms and how falls are especially dangerous for those with low bone density.
Preventing Hip Fractures (Copyright © American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) — This online publication provides statistical information on hip fractures and lists a variety of factors that contribute to weak bones.
Questions and Answers About Hip Replacement — This fact sheet explains what is involved with a hip replacement, who should receive one, and possible alternatives to surgery.
Total Joint Replacement (Copyright © American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) — This fact sheet discusses total joint replacement. It also provides information on how these replacements are treated, the risks of surgery, and preparing for surgery.
What Are Ways to Prevent Falls and Related Fractures? — This fact sheet discusses ways to learn how to prevent falls that can help you avoid broken bones and the problems they can cause.
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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS)
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC
National Institute on Aging, NIH, HHS
Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center, NIAMS, NIH, HHS
Content last updated August 12, 2010.
Resources last updated August 12, 2010.
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