Hip Fracture Specialist

Christopher Farrell, M.D. -  - Orthopedic Surgery

Maryland Orthopedic Institute

Christopher Farrell, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery located in Bethesda, MD

Did you know that worldwide, as many as 1.6 million hip fractures occur every year? Treating hip fractures is an area of specialty for Dr. Christopher Farrell of Maryland Orthopedic Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. If you or a loved one is in need of top quality orthopedic care from a personable, compassionate surgeon, schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Farrell and discuss your unique set of needs. Online scheduling is available, making it easy to find a time that fits your busy schedule, or you can call the office.

Hip Fracture Q & A

What causes hip fractures?

Hip fractures, or breaks, can occur several different ways. Some fractures are the result of a traumatic injury like a car crash or workplace accident. Others occur due to weakened bones and falls. 

Several factors can increase your risk of sustaining a hip fracture, including:

  • Advanced age
  • Sex (with women accounting for as many as 70% of fractures)
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Alcohol or tobacco use
  • Certain medications, including prednisone

Certain medical conditions can also increase your risk of breaking a hip, including intestinal disorders, cognitive impairment, and endocrine disorders.    

How are hip fractures diagnosed?

Dr. Farrell has a great deal of experience diagnosing and treating hip fractures. During your appointment, he conducts a thorough physical examination of the affected joint and surrounding areas. In some cases, a fracture is diagnosable based merely on abnormal hip and leg positioning. 

X-ray imaging is another tool used to diagnose hip fractures. An X-ray gives Dr. Ferrell information about which portion of your bone tissue is fractured, which is essential in determining your treatment path.

If needed, an MRI or bone scan can be completed to give a more accurate picture of the condition of your bone tissue.

Most hip fractures are found on the femur, which is the long bone running from your pelvis to your knee. Dr. Farrell considers the location and severity of your fracture, as well as your overall health when charting your treatment plan.

How are hip fractures repaired?

Most hip fractures require a combination of surgical intervention, rehabilitation, and medication. A partial or total hip replacement procedure is sometimes the best treatment option, especially if your hip joint is severely damaged.  

After your procedure, you’ll need to spend some time in physical rehabilitation to regain your strength and improve your range of motion. An occupational therapist may assist in the rehab process, helping you learn how to complete routine self-care tasks while you heal.

Medication can help reduce the risk of another hip fracture. These drugs are not a good fit for everyone, and Dr. Farrell will discuss your specific needs as you move closer to your procedure.

If you have questions or concerns about hip fracture diagnosis or treatment, schedule an appointment today to meet with the Maryland Orthopedic Institute team.