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About your hips

The hip joint is a ball-and-socket type joint where the thigh bone (femur) meets the bones that make up the pelvis, include the ilium, ischium, and pubis. The ball-shaped knob of the thighbone fits into a socket in the hipbone.

In order for the bones to move against each other without pain, a white cartilage about ¼ an inch thick is kept slippery by fluid. The cartilage also serves as a “shock absorber” and changes shape when compressed. The bones are held together by large ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding the hip joint, called the joint capsule.

When working properly, your hip joint provides a full range of motion in your legs, allowing you to walk, run and crouch, among other physical activities.

The hip joint is built to withstand large amounts of wear and tear over a lifetime of activity, but can be susceptible to sudden and chronic injuries. These injuries can cause severe pain, and proper medical treatment is often necessary for recovery.

Common symptoms of hip fractures

Hip fractures are often caused by a sudden injury. Falls are the most common cause of hip fractures in people who are 65 or older, whereas car accidents and sports injuries are the most common cause of hip fractures in younger individuals.

Symptoms of hip fractures include:

  • Severe pain in your hip or groin
  • Inability to walk without pain
  • Inability to put weight on your leg on the side of your injured hip
  • Shorter leg on the side of your injured hip
  • Inflammation, bruising or deformity of the hip

To be certain you’re experiencing a hip fracture, schedule an appointment with Dr. Vigdorchik, one of only 1% of NYC hip surgeons experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of hip conditions.

Commonly treated hip fractures

While hip fractures can occur throughout the bones that make up the hip joint, hip fractures most commonly occur in the ball portion (femur).

The three types of hip fracture include Femoral Neck Fracture, Intertrochanteric Hip Fracture, and Intracapsular Fracture.

Hip fracture treatment options

Dr. Vigdorchik is a strong believer in prioritizing non-operative treatment, only recommending surgery when most beneficial to the patient. To determine the best treatment option for the patient, Dr. Vigdorchik carefully considers the patient’s condition, medical history, lifestyle, and personal preferences.

Treatment for hip fracture often involves a surgery, rehabilitation, and medication.

If surgery is necessary, Dr. Vigdorchik is experienced in the latest surgical treatments, including same-day hip replacements, partial hip replacements, and internal hip repair.

The first day after a surgery, your physical therapist will get you moving and performing strengthening and range of motion exercises. The physical therapy process may take up to three months.

Medication to help reduce the risk of a second hip fracture occurring may be prescribed. Following a hip surgery, most patients will regain much, if not all mobility they had prior to the injury.

Are you experiencing pain and discomfort from a previous hip fracture injury?

NYC Hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik is here to help you with your hip fracture. With a non-operative priority, state-of-the-art surgical techniques and a track record of positive outcomes both performing and teaching other hip surgeons at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery, you can trust Dr. Jonathan Vigdorchik to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and positive outcome for your hip fracture.

Schedule an appointment – 212-606-1992

If your hip fracture is accompanied by any of the symptoms below, please call New York City’s innovative hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik immediately and have someone drive you to our office.

  • Severe pain in your hip or groin area
  • Inability to walk without pain
  • Inability to put weight on your leg on the side of your injured hip
  • Inflammation, bruising or deformity of the hip