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Hip Fracture Symptoms & Diagnosis

Symptoms

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the hip
  • Difficulty or inability to stand, walk, or move the hip
  • Abnormal appearance of the broken leg:
    • Looks shorter
    • Turns outward

Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your symptoms, how the injury occurred, and will then perform a physical exam.

Tests may include:

X-ray—to determine exactly where the bone is broken and how far out of place the pieces have moved

Bone scan or MRI scan—used if the fracture doesn't show up on x-rays but symptoms indicate a fracture has occurred

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2018 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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