In many aged people suffering from advanced osteoporosis, the fracture of the hip occurs in the bone called ‘Femoral Neck’. In the US alone, more than three hundred thousand cases of hip fractures are reported every year. While almost 25% of the aged sufferings from a hip fracture die in the first year, 50% never regain complete functional ability and 24% reach the hospital for treatment of fracture.
Post fracture, most of these people will require care taker’s assistance. Initially, resumption of walking will be with the assistance of aids. Most elders will need the aid permanently ever after.
Only 5-30% of the elders go in for osteoporosis treatment post a hip fracture since the doctor might prioritize on more serious conditions of the patient. Most orthopedic surgeons do not entertain treatment of osteoporosis since it is more close to pain management and not a disorder that can be corrected using surgical procedures.
On a global scale, US ranks first in maximum number of cases related to osteoporosis. The lowest occurrences are reported from South African and East Asian countries. It has been proved that incidence of hip fracture is more in whites than non-whites since the chances of getting the disorder of osteoporosis is higher in whites. In the category of men, the Asian and African American men have higher bone density than the Latino or Caucasian men. This reduces the chances of contracting osteoporosis and hence lesser possibility of having hip fracture in the former than the later.
Women have a higher risk of hip fractures, especially of the femoral neck and intertrochanteric fractures, than men.
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