Hip and Pelvic
What Is the Most Common Site of Hip Fractures?
The most common site of hip fractures is the femoral neck. Women are more likely than men to fracture this part of the hip as a result of a fall or due to having low bone density (chances increase for women over age 60 due to osteoporosis).
Other common sites of hip fractures include the femoral head and the trochanter. Femoral head fractures are commonly associated with a dislocated hip in which the femur is pulled out of the acetabular socket. These injuries often occur as a result of a high-impact car crash. This type of fracture is also common for people who have osteoporosis–a stress fracture or insufficiency fracture that occurs when weakened bones crack under the stress of everyday movements, such as walking or climbing stairs.
Are There Different Types of Hip Fractures?
There are three main types of hip fractures:
Displaced Fracture. The fracture is displaced when separated into two or more pieces that don’t remain in place.
Nondisplaced Fracture. The fracture is nondisplaced when the pieces of broken bone don’t separate.
Stress or Insufficiency Fracture. The fracture is limited to a tiny crack or cracks in the bone.
X-rays and other diagnostic tests can confirm which type of fracture you may have.