Will I need surgery for a Fractured Neck of Femur?
This injury normally requires surgery. This option will depend on the location of the fracture, how active you are and your individual needs.
If the fracture is lower down the neck, then a surgeon places a large metal nail, secured with a screw, from the top of the hip down through the femur.
Dynamic Hip Screw
If the break has a good blood supply, a large metal screw is placed across the fracture, the bones are further secured together using a plate and a number of smaller screws.
If the break is close to the ball, a half-hip replacement may be done. Only the ball part of the joint is replaced in this instance.
Total Hip Replacement
If the break is close to the ball part of the joint, you may have both the ball and socket part of the joint replaced.
What complications are there after a Fractured Neck of Femur?
Our Physiotherapists at Estuary Physio will evaluate throughout your sessions, they can help reduce the risk of secondary complications and will be quick to involve the right teams should you develop any complications.
How can I prevent a hip fracture?
Physiotherapists can help you take steps to reduce your falls, they may talk to you about walking aids, discuss trip hazards in the home, treat any underlying dizziness and provide exercises that improve your balance.
The medical team in the hospital will review your medications, which may reduce your falls risk. They will also ensure you are on the appropriate treatment for osteoporosis.
Hip protectors may be useful for older people in care homes. They're thought to be less effective for older people who remain active and live in their own home.
What is the FRAX tool?
The FRAX tool helps predict the risk of fracture for people aged 40 to 90. The tool is based on bone mineral density, age, sex and certain health conditions.
What painkillers will I be given?
Prior to discharge from hospital, the medical team will talk to you about how best to manage your pain. Some clients will take pain relief prior to their Physiotherapy to make them as comfortable as possible.
Can you walk with a fractured neck of femur?
Early mobilisation is an essential following surgery. It improves mobility function, lowers mortality rates at six months and one year and as well as reduces postoperative complications. If you are unable to fully weight bear, our team at Estuary Physio will work closely with your Orthopaedic team to progress your mobility aid as your weight bearing status changes.