A hip fracture is a break in the upper part of the thighbone (femur)
where the thighbone joins the pelvis to form the hip joint. Most hip fractures
occur in the area just below the ball of the femur (femoral neck region) and
the area just below this (intertrochanteric region). A hip fracture almost
always completely breaks the bone. A partial break in the bone (hairline
fracture) may occur. But a partial break is not as common and may not show up
on an X-ray.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma