Your hip is the upper part of your thighbone (femur). The end of your thighbone has a ball on the end of it. That ball fits into a socket on the bottom of your pelvis bone. The ball and socket make up your hip joint.
A broken hip is a break in your upper thighbone. It may involve the ball on the end of the bone or be just below the ball. All broken bones are considered fractures. For more information, see Overview of Broken Bones.
Hip fractures usually happen in older people, often from a fall
Osteoporosis (weakening of the bones) raises the chance of having a hip fracture
Doctors do surgery to fix a broken hip
It can take a long time to recover from a broken hip and you'll need to go to a rehabilitation program (rehab)
Hip fractures are usually caused by a fall. They usually happen in older people, particularly if their bones have been weakened by diseases such as osteoporosis or cancer.
Do surgery to repair or replace your hip
Have you do rehabilitation (exercises) to get stronger
Unlike with many other broken bones, if you have a hip fracture, you'll need surgery.
If you have a mild hip fracture, doctors will repair your hip using metal pieces that hold the broken bones together so they can heal.
If you have a severe hip fracture, doctors will do a hip replacement. In a hip replacement they'll remove the end of your thigh bone and replace it with an artificial one. Sometimes, they also replace the socket part of the hip joint.