You might think it would be pretty obvious that someone has broken their hip, but plenty of people break their hips and don’t realize it. Even a small break can eventually create big problems for your senior, so it’s important that if you even suspect your senior has broken a hip that you get them to a doctor right away.

 

Home Care in Carlsbad CA: Broken Hip Signs

Home Care in Carlsbad CA: Broken Hip Signs

One of Their Legs Looks Shorter

Depending on the situation, you might be able to encourage your senior to lie down. If they are able to do so, take a look at their feet. If one seems to be extending down farther than the other, even by a little bit, that could be a sign that there’s something more going on. This isn’t foolproof, of course, but it’s an initial observation.

 

There’s Swelling or Bruising

When you look at the affected hip, look for any signs of swelling or bruising around their hip joint. Broken bones, even if it’s just a small break, tend to experience enough trauma to increase inflammation in the immediate area. Ice can help to reduce both the bruising and the swelling, especially if it’s taking a little bit of time to get to the doctor.

 

Your Senior’s in a Lot of Pain

A broken bone hurts, especially when it’s in a major joint like the hip. Your elderly family member might be telling you that they are experiencing a great deal of pain. That pain might be localized to their hip, but they may experience pain up their side and down their leg as well. This is especially true if they’ve experienced a fall.

 

They Can’t Move the Affected Leg

Can your elderly family member move his or her leg? Sometimes someone with a broken hip has almost normal mobility in that leg, but more often, there’s significant pain and mobility is severely compromised. It’s a good idea to keep them from moving their leg, especially if you’re fairly certain that they have indeed broken their hip.

 

It’s Impossible for Them to Put Weight on Their Leg

If your elderly family member has tried to walk on the affected leg, they might not be able to at all. A broken bone, particularly in the hip, usually means that your senior cannot put weight on that area. If your elderly family member is still trying to walk, try to convince them to stop because they can damage that hip even more.

 

Falls are a main cause of broken hips, but your elderly family member might experience a broken hip even without falling if her bones are especially fragile. Senior care providers can help them with mobility as they recover.

If you, or an aging loved-one, are considering hiring Home Care in Carlsbad, CA, or the Surrounding San Diego Area, please contact the caring staff at GoldenCare today. Call us at 760-828-5201.

Porsha Vogt

Owner at Golden Care
As the owner of Golden Care, Porsha enables seniors in Carlsbad and San Diego County area to live safe, happy lives in their own homes for as long as they can. Her mission, and the mission of Golden Care, includes assisting family members with elder care for their loved ones while maintaining their own professional and personal lives; creating a family-oriented environment, staffed by professional caregivers that go the extra mile to serve seniors; and increasing respect and concern for seniors in our society. Porsha has a degree in Business Management from the University of Colorado and brings her background in finance and entrepreneurialism to the service of seniors and their loved ones through Golden Care.

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