Intertrochanteric fractures (fractures) are one of the specific types of pelvic fractures. “Intertrochanteric” means “between trochanters,” which are the protrusions of bones in the femur. Trochanter is the point where the thigh and hip muscles attach.
There are two trochanters in the femur: larger and smaller trochanters. Intertrochanteric fractures occur between larger and smaller trochanters.
Intertrochanteric fractures often occur. About 50% of all hip fractures caused by problems such as falls are intertrochanteric fractures.
Causes Intertrochanteric Fracture
The most common cause of intertrochanteric fractures is falls or trauma. These problems are more common in older people, who are at higher risk for falls.
In some cases, people who have weak bones can experience a broken bone just by walking or standing. Traffic accidents can also cause hip fractures.
Risk Factor Interchonteric Fractures
Risk factors for intertrochanteric fractures include: women, older than 60 years, has a history of falls, having osteoporosis, have a history of other fractures, has low bone density and low muscle mass, having problems with walking or balance.
Symptoms Intertrochanteric Fractures
The most common symptoms of intertrochanteric fractures are: severe pain in the hip, unable to move or stand after falling, bruising and swelling around the hip, stiffness and pain in the side of the injured leg, can’t stand on an injured leg, have feet in an unnatural position or lead to the injured side.
Intertrochanteric fracture Treatments
Intertrochanteric fractures usually affect older people who have a history of osteoporosis or other bone problems. This type of hip fracture is uncommon in children or relatively young adults.
Intertrochanteric Fracture Surgery
According to our Hip Surgeon, surgery is the most common treatment performed to treat intertrochanteric fractures.
In most cases, surgery is recommended because this fracture can take a long time to heal on its own. One of the most common surgical treatments for this type of hip fracture is Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF).
ORIF is a type of surgery that puts broken bones in place and fixes them with screws, plates or pins.
However, surgery may not be an option if you have bleeding problems or cannot tolerate the effects of the anesthetic.
You may also need to take medications such as blood thinners after surgery and when you recover. Make sure you follow all your doctor’s instructions and take the medication needed to speed up your recovery time.
Recovery time can vary based on your age and other medical problems. It can take three months or more to recover from a hip fracture.
After surgery, you need to go to a rehabilitation center or treatment facility to undergo further treatment with a physical therapist, physiotherapy for hip pain. By undergoing physical therapy, you can increase your mobility and strength.