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Trusted Treatment for Hip Fractures


Hip fractures occur when the top outer section of the thigh bone breaks. A hip fracture is a serious injury. In some cases, it can lead to life-threatening complications. If you suspect a hip fracture, dial 9-1-1 or seek emergency care at a nearby Dignity Health hospital in the Bay Area: 

When you come to Dignity Health with a broken hip in the Bay Area, our orthopedic specialists will assist with your initial treatment, as well as provide personal care throughout your recovery. Find a Doctor online or call 855.972.7183 for a referral today.

Causes of Hip Fractures & Breaks

About 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falls. Certain medical conditions, such as osteoporosis and cancer, can make you more likely to have a hip fracture. These conditions weaken the thighbone, making it easier to break.

Hip Fracture Symptoms

Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Bruising, stiffness, and swelling
  • Inability or difficulty rotating or flexing the hip
  • Inability to bear weight on the injured leg
  • Injured leg appears shorter than the other
  • Leg turned outward on injured side
  • Pain in the outer part of the upper thigh or groin

Hip Fracture Treatment & Recovery at Dignity Health

Your treatment options at Dignity Health in the Bay Area depend on the extent of your injury, your overall health, and risk factors. The main treatment for a fractured hip is surgery. In some cases, it may be possible to stabilize and realign the thighbone with plates, pins, and screws. In other cases, hip joint replacement surgery may be necessary. If you are too ill to undergo surgery, extended bed rest may help the hip heal.

Extensive rehabilitation is necessary after hip fracture and surgery. One of our highly trained physical therapists will work with you to regain your hip function, flexibility, and strength. Full recovery can take three to six months. Many people regain mobility and independence after rehabilitation.

A broken hip is never an easy injury, but you can rely on Dignity Health's Bay Area hospitals to personalize your treatment and offer care with humankindness every step of the way.

Emergency orthopedic care is available from Dignity Health for hip fractures and breaks in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.