In 1999, there were more than 320,000 hospitalizations for hip fractures.
The total cost in medical bills and lost income resulting from hip fractures is
more than $12.6 billion a year or an average of $37,000 per hip fracture.
Because of the aging U.S. population, the number of hip fractures is expected to
reach about 650,000 by 2050.
More than 90 percent of hospitalizations for hip fractures are persons 65 and older.
Women have a 1 in 7 chance of having a hip fracture during their lifetime. Men have
a 1 in 17 chance.
The aging Baby Boomer who may be caring for a parent with a broken hip also is in
danger because the incidence of hip fractures starts to increase at age 45.
Hip fractures are caused by a variety of factors that weaken bone and, often, are
caused by the impact from a fall. The common characteristics of persons who are
vulnerable to hip fractures are:
Women (men) are 8 percent (18 percent) more likely to die within 1 year following
a hip fracture than other women (men) their age.
Most hip fracture patients who previously lived independently will require assistance
from their family or home care. About half will require canes or walkers for mobility
when they return home. 53 percent of hip fracture patients 65 and older are discharged
from hospitals to long-term care facilities. All hip fracture patients will require
walking aids for several months after injury and nearly half will permanently require
canes or walkers to move around their house or outdoors.