May 11th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

How long does a broken hip take to heal?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Wednesdays, it's Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society.

Asked by Faye from Farmville, North Carolina

How long does it take to completely recover from hip fracture? I fell on December 8, then had surgery December 10 and came home from the hospital December 11. I'm doing well - walking with a cane but still limping.

Expert answer

Dear Faye:

A broken hip is one of the most common orthopedic injuries in people over the age of 65. It usually occurs as a result of a fall. It is often associated with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is often referred to as having brittle bones due to a loss of calcium.

Although there are several kinds of hip fractures, most are repaired with a hip replacement, also known as a total hip arthroplasty. Approximately 150,000 hip replacement operations are done each year in the U.S., and 500,000 are done worldwide. About half of these surgeries are done under emergency circumstances for a broken hip, and half are planned surgeries because of arthritis or other hip problems.

In this operation, the top of the femur (thigh) bone is cut off and a "man-made" top of femur replaces it. This prosthesis is circular or ball-like on top and generally made of metal. A semicircular plastic liner is placed in that part of the pelvis known as the acetabulum. This is where the upper leg comes in contact with the pelvis. The ball-like top of femur sits and moves in the semi-circular acetabulum, and this defines the hip joint.

In the surgery, a lot of muscles and ligaments are pulled and held away from the joint to allow the surgeon access. In this process, these soft tissues are damaged and need to heal after surgery. The patient who has a routine recovery can expect bruising of muscle and inflammation of the tendons at a minimum. These flesh injuries and tendonitis can be extremely painful and limit mobility. It can take several months to a year before complete recovery.

Those whose progress becomes stagnant at any time after surgery should have an evaluation by their orthopedic surgeon. The most common reason for a plateau in recovery is muscle weakness. Patients do benefit from regular physical therapy. Weight training and stretching can strengthen muscles and stretch ligaments. It is unfortunate that there is a tendency to skip physical therapy or take short cuts. This is a special problem among older patients.

Leg length discrepancy is also a common problem after surgery. Orthopedists do work hard to minimize leg length discrepancy, but it is difficult to do. A shoe lift may be needed to equalize the limb length, and some patients do end up needing a cane permanently.

Less common problems are heterotopic ossification and loosening of the artificial hip.

Heterotopic ossification involves a fibrous band that grows about the joint. It causes a stiffening of the hip and can begin occurring 10 days to two years after hip surgery.

Loose hip prostheses were a significant problem 20 years ago but less so today. Loosening of the artificial hip is more common among people who are overweight. When walking, a heavier person puts more stress on the prosthesis as it goes into the bone. Both heterotopic ossification and loosening of the prosthesis are diagnosed with physical examination and radiologic imaging.

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  1. 1bigredviper

    it says in the article, " It can take several months to a year before complete recovery."

    May 11, 2011 at 12:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • skream

      if you do have a Calcium deficiency you should be treated from it first< or it can take forever

      October 18, 2015 at 21:53 | Report abuse |
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      August 25, 2018 at 17:33 | Report abuse |
  2. rose helen militello

    where would you get an idea like that?maybe patients died years ago after a fractured hip,#1 no rehab,#2 no getting out of bed #3 pneumonia from not getting out of bed,

    May 11, 2011 at 15:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. rose helen militello

    sorry,forgot one more reason,blood clots,that's why it's important to get your prothrombin time(clotting time) checked to make sure your clotting time isn't too slow or too fast.

    May 11, 2011 at 15:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. StLcards

    I wish CNN would actually consult a specialist sometimes...
    There are four commonly performed operations for hip fractures: replacement and three different forms of fixation of the native femoral neck. They are chosen based on the location and configuration of the fracture. The length of time to recovery from the replacement is actually fairly short because the fracture does not have to heal, only soft tissues. Full weight bearing can typically begin right after surgery. As for the other types of surgery, bone healing is usually complete by about 3-4 months, although weight bearing may have to wait 6 weeks or so. Therapy is usually initiated right away with a walker whether the patient is allowed to bear weight or not.

    May 11, 2011 at 17:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Teli

    A few critical misses on this article; I am the recipient of a recent hip replacement (Aug. 2010). Although the article above describes the "typical" surgery for replacement, a NEW, much more progressive method is being used called the "anterior lateral approach". This is the procedure that I had done; in this approach, it is done from the front of the hip (as opposed to the standard "posterior" entry). I am 57 and was literally up and walking within an hour of my surgery, released from the hospital on the second morning and doing so well, that we returned a rented "walker" within three days. Since this surgery (now just over 8 months), my recovery has been incredible! Aside from some limiting movements about 3-5% (still remaining but caused by lack of ligament and tendon usage during my time before surgery), it has bordered miraculous. One of the key elements for this quick recovery; anterior approach limits the need for going through so much muscle tissue, which impacts recovery time. It is true that my age (fairly young compared to more elderly patients) and general health was good to very good prior to surgery, which no doubt increased my ability for quick recovery. Undoubtedly........my opinion is two fold...........much more appropriate procedure due to fewer muscles impacted, and I had a tremendous doctor/team that performed my surgery!

    May 11, 2011 at 18:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • OrthoKC

      Nothing new about an anterolateral approach, it's been around for a while. It does decrease the risk of postoperative dislocation because is goes through different muscles, but it is actually associated with an increased risk of limp as it goes through the abductor muscles.

      Unfortunately, this article states that the most common treatment for a hip fracture is a total hip arthroplasty. This is not true. A much more common procedure is a hemiarthroplasty, which is when the ball is replaced, but not the socket. It is a less destructive procedure, but with similar rehab. Depending on the configuration of the fracture, many are also treated with fixation of the native bone with either a sliding hip screw or a rod with a compression screw. These take a few months to heal the bone, but rehab can last 6 months to a year, depending on the patient and their activity level. Obviously, the more active you were before the fracture, the quicker your rehab. The rod and compression screw technique is theoretically (and in most cases practically) the least invasive, but in some patients a limp can persist for some time because the abductor muscles are violated in order to get the rod in.

      If you are having a persistent limp, talk to your doctor and your therapist. A few simple exercises can sometimes be all you need to get over it, if you are willing to do them consistently.

      May 12, 2011 at 13:37 | Report abuse |
    • amy lee

      Hi Teli:
      I am in my late 50's as well, and wondered how you are doing - now, some 3 years after your 2011 response.
      I am interested in consulting with your physician if you are still doing well.
      Kindly respond as soon as possible, Teli.
      Thank you.
      Amy Lee.

      November 14, 2014 at 01:10 | Report abuse |
  6. Queenfan

    It doesn't sound like an artificial hip is in here. Shouldn't those with broken bones take extra magnesium for the bone collagen to grow faster and better.

    May 12, 2011 at 10:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. CJ

    I had THR first time July, 2009 – this was not due to a fall. Was quite painful and practically lived on the sofa for 9 months. Revision in March 2010, different surgeon found socket loose. Replaced socket but is still very painful to walk. Not like pain after first surgery but still painful to walk distance. It has been more than a year. We've been trying to strengthen the muscles by doing physical therapy but doesn't seem to be doing any good. I guess I'll keep it up to see if we can do some good. It is very depressing to say the least.

    May 12, 2011 at 13:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Katie

    Healing time for hip fractures, as for any surgery, is definitely related to how bad the fracture was and how it was repaired, the condition & lifestyle of the patient at the time of the fracture and how the patient deals with the entire trauma of injury, surgery, and therapy. Generally, the older, the more inactive, and the more overweight a patient is at the time of the injury, the longer the healing process afterward. Whether or not the patient has other physical conditions, such as diabetes plays a factor. The type of fracture and the type of surgery plays a part as well – post-op protocol may be different based on one or both of those – were muscles or ligaments injured, torn, or cut? The bottom line is no one knows how long it may take you to heal, but you, your mindset and your lifestyle play active roles in the process, both pre- and post-injury.

    May 12, 2011 at 13:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Fiona

    I've suspected in the past that these questions are fake, and with this one I believe I'm correct. This is something that would have been discussed with the patient's doctor. If "Faye" had any questions after going home, she would phone the hospital for follow-up.

    Weak, CNN.

    May 12, 2011 at 13:25 | Report abuse | Reply

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  11. Gush

    I'm 23 and broke my hip in a motorcycle accident, I had surgery and now i have 2 screws that are holding the femur neck and head together, im in crutches now, with no weight bearing on that leg, the doctor told me the recovery time would be between 12-16 months, at least until i can walk again. What im worried about is the femoral head dying and me needing a hip replacement, as I read they are only good for 10-15 years, that means i would need a surgery at age 35, 45,60, etc. 🙁

    May 26, 2011 at 14:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Sharon

    I don't believe the question is fake...in fact, I came to this link because of Faye's question...it sounded just like my situation...I fracture my hip Aug 23rd...had surgery the next day, with a Dynamic Screw...I have done quite well...just as Faye...started out a few days in wheelchair...with PT beginning right away...moved to walker...and for the past month (now December) walking with cane only...but I still have that darn limp that Faye referred to, which why I am sure she was asking how long to "heal"...I think our question is really when wlll the limp go away...the doc's answer (I am in Thailand, though from the U.S.) was simply "The limp will go away when you are stronger"...well...that's not what I want to hear...I want to know how long the limp typically lasts!!! Anyone? (And no flip answers, I was treated in an International Hospital here with a very well trained physician, and I used to work in Orthopaedics in America....my care here was exceptional...no different from America.) Thanks...anyone?

    December 10, 2011 at 03:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Susan

    I guess I have been lucky. I had a hip replacement 10 yrs ago and on 14th Dec. 11 broke my hip just under the replacement. I am 59yrs old. I was put in traction for a week until the surgeon could figure out how he was going to fix it.
    A week later he operated. I was up walking later the same day on crutches. Although could only go to the toilet and back before I was exhaused. I was allowed home 23rd December. I spent the first 10 days walking with the help of a walker because I could not manage the crutches. I am now on one crutch. Although still painful leg is improving every day. I can walk without crutch but do not want to do that yet as I limp and I do not want to get into the habit of limping. I know it took a long time and major thoughts when I walked not to limp after my hip replacement so I expect this will be the same.
    I seem to be recovering well as it is now 3 weeks after my operation. I refuse to give in to a limp so I am going to work hard getting my leg back to normal. I did not do physio last time and I will not do it this time. I feel determination will do the job.

    January 12, 2012 at 01:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. karen

    im 48Years old. i fell mar312012 and broke my left hip the e r couldnt get it repaired until the 2Nd of april. It is now may28 And im still not allowed to weight bear. They found osteparosis played a part in my breaking my hip. The doctor put a nail and screws in my hip, which kind of worry me, but sometimes things are as they are. Its driving me crazy waiting to walk or try!im sure my doctor did a good job on me,im just not very patient.! I also dont understand the limitations like no driving- im not taking any pain medication, my vehicle is automatic and i can get to it and in/out safe with my walker.

    May 29, 2012 at 00:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan

      Hi Karen,
      Dont be too eager. I was going along fine, and thought I was well on the road to recovery. Something happened because I thought I was ok to pick up grandchildren, and keep walking even though I was tired. I somehow moved the plate out from my hip and my break had not started to knit. I have now been in a wheelchair and on crutches for the last 3 months with probably more to come yet. I am like a prisioner in the house, but can only be greatful that it was not a break to my spine.
      I do have RH Arthritis and taking cortisone and thyroxine which stops bone growth.
      Please take care and try not too be in a hurry it all takes time I have come to realise.

      June 7, 2012 at 23:42 | Report abuse |
  15. jose alberto miranda l

    tengo fractura acetabulo izq quiero saber si con el tiempo no me ba afectar en mi trabajo soy albanil

    June 1, 2012 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Florian

    I slipped and fell on some ice last Jan and fractured my hip. it was surgically repaired with a gamma nail and screws the same day. I had spinal anthesia so I could hear all the hammering and drilling. I spent 4 days in the hospital and 10 days in physical therapy and then home for non weight bearing PT. I did regular home exercises to stay flexible.

    After I became full weight bearing I started weight resistance training to strengthen the hip and build muscle. Periodic x-rays and checkups have shown good bone healing progress. I do have an ache in the groin area that goes away after after a good workout.

    I am a 75 year old male and a practiciing Type 1 diabetic since 1967. The most difficult thing through all of this was managing my Type 1 diabetes and controlling my blood sugar to make healing possible. Trauma, stress, injury and eating different foods does a helluva job on blood sugar. 🙂

    July 13, 2012 at 13:25 | Report abuse | Reply
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  18. narendra

    my age 46 years, on feb 2012I under gone canulated screw fixing for my hip fracture, due to implant failure Bipolar Hemi orthoplsty has been done in July 27th.2012, recovery seem to be ok. but i have tight kind of feeling around the hip and typical piercing pain some times. is it common ?
    I am in field working job, can i join same job, or i should go for sitting job!

    August 30, 2012 at 06:31 | Report abuse | Reply
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  22. Nikhil Sharma

    Doctor i had met with an accident in May'11 and my knee got minor fractured , hip bone, my ribs, my color bone and had clauts in my mind. With the grace of god my neuro treatment is going-on, even i recoverd my whole memory, doctors had said that my knee fracture was minor so it will be fixed by its own. My color bones has been fixed but in my hand the griping is very low and fine work i can do is very less like holding a nut, ball etc. Even my doctor had put 3 screws and fix my hip bone and now my hip bone has been fixed. But its been almost 1.4 yrs there is a limping in my style of walking. I can run also, but with normal speed like jogging. Even sir after my operation i was on bed for 3-4 months. So now my physiotherapist also says my back muscles are also dead. But its been more than 1 year, kindly help me and suggest me.

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  23. Sami Laouini

    i shattered my hip when I was 13, I am now 28 and in a lot of pain. The doctor said it was in 12 pieces they put a 10 inch plate with many screws and a pin in it. Any Ideas of whats going on or is it normal after 15 years for these things to happen?

    December 27, 2012 at 00:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Megan Gilbert

    I am 36 and cracked my right hip socket while power walking! (I jammed my femur up into it when I caught a bit of raised pavement-ouchy). I did not have surgery and it seems to be healing fine after 7 weeks of bed rest and crutches. I am about to start PT in a week. The doc told me to keep using crutches but I feel like I want to walk albeit with a limp similar to Quasimodo! I have 2 young children and it is really hard to not be moving around a little. I am trying not to overdue it. Am I going to screw my body up by weight bearing before I am fully cleared? I am not in pain. I don't want to be limpy forever! I think doc is being cautious but my body is telling me to move. Any advice from people not afraid of insurance claims????

    December 27, 2012 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jea Kete

      how are you doing now? How long before you could walk without any problems and not need any cane?

      May 29, 2013 at 19:05 | Report abuse |
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  27. Angel Ortiz

    My mom is 90 years old. When she was 87, she fell and fractured both hips. She had pin hip surgery on both hips and immediately begun physical therapy treatment. This treatment has helped some, but is still unable to walk on her own. She can use the walker but only for a short period. Since the surgeries, my mom has been complaining of stomached pains. The doctors have been unable to determine cause of her stomached pains. This problem is making her miserable day by day. Even though she feels miserable, she still comes out, grabs her old wheelchair, and with it holds herself up and start walking for at least 30 minutes twice or three times a day. I cannot believe why the doctors are unable to find the cause of her stomached pains.

    September 11, 2013 at 17:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Janet Dogooder

      If your mom is also on a blood thinner she might be very constipated from the nmedication and walking is not enough to get her bowels moving. She may need a stool softener. I'm not being funny or caustic here, just trying to be helpful.

      January 2, 2019 at 10:11 | Report abuse |
  28. Ron

    Typically a year at the most. I broke my hip January 14. I got out of the rehabilitation February 12. 9 months later, I feel better than ever. I am 70, btw.

    November 30, 2013 at 18:43 | Report abuse | Reply
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  30. Tjw

    I suffered a femoral neck fracture July 30, 2013 wrestling someone 70 pounds heavier than me and after 4 months of crutches and almost 3 months of physical therapy I'm doing some light jogging 10 minutes a day, twice a week. My fracture was badly displaced (Garden IV) and I still has pain sometimes but I've gotten so far in my recovery.

    Can anyone give me an idea of when I'll be 100% again? I have pain when trying to jump l and don't have full range of motion yet. I still can't sit Indian style which is something I try to do to test my range of motion in my hip

    January 27, 2014 at 11:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RobB

      Hi TJW

      I recently had the same fracture (a pretty severe Garden IV) from a skiing accident. Its good to know that I may be jogging in 7 months! Have you tried swimming? I'm most curious with my own pain as to whether the pain I'm experiencing is within the bone itself or from the musculature around the fracture site. I'm hoping I'll be able to keep this femoral head for a decade or more. 36 year old.

      February 7, 2014 at 00:42 | Report abuse |
  31. Caroline

    I broke the upper part of my femur a year ago. I had surgery to repair the break and spent 3 months on a walker. I am no longer limping and am weight training to regain my strength. Although I am get better each day it is a very slow and tedious recovery. I feel as if I will never be the same but I also feel lucky that I am able to resume my normal life. Now I am deleting with pain associated with using the walker. Neck, shoulder, rotated cup and back all that are being treated with weekly messages and lots of hear!! I am a 55 year old female.

    February 3, 2014 at 12:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Tjw

    Rob, I had a lot of pain in my groin throughout physical therapy and continued to have it throughout my recovery depending on how hard I pushed myself. If you're feeling it in your groin, it's most likely your hip. I haven't tried any swimming yet but I hear it works really well. I probably will soon. Good luck with your recovery, hopefully it heals without AVN.

    P.S. I'm 18 years old, which is why I've healed so well thus far

    February 9, 2014 at 01:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RobB

      Thanks for your reply Tjw. I just got back here to read it. I had a few weeks to lay on my butt and do some research into my/our fracture. My surgeon said that all of my blood vessels were severed in my fracture, so it seems as though AVN is imminent in my case. Who knows when though. I'd be sure to have regular radiographs of your hip so they can detect AVN (if it happens) early. If you catch it early enough, you might be able to have a free vascularized fibula graft instead of a total hip replacement. I just wanted to let you know that if AVN does develop, you have an alternative. Thanks for the support!

      February 23, 2014 at 16:48 | Report abuse |
  33. Vik Sahdev

    I broke my left hip on the 5/02/14 garden stage III.It was repaired with three screws and plenty of pain relief within 24 hrs.I would like to know if any one out there as had the same type of accident and how they have found the path to recovery,I am a male and 45 years of age.Thank you for your support.

    March 5, 2014 at 10:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RobB

      Hi Vik,

      I'm not far into my recovery. I had a more severe fracture than yours. So far, I've just been on crutches for awhile. I was feeling ok with 2 months of crutches, but this last month has been a little rough. I would really like to walk again. I believe I may be able to start bearing some weight on my hip after 3 months of crutches. I'm not there yet. For me, the first few weeks my hip area just felt tight from all of the swelling. Not a lot of pain. Now since the swelling has subsided, I get some pain when I move my hip in certain positions. It's not severe. On a scale of 1-10, I'd say its about a 1 or 2. There is some spontaneous pain in my quads area, buttocks and groin area not associated with movement. For the first month out of the hospital I had to inject myself with an anti-coagulant which was not fun. I've been trying to eat healthy, consuming lots of calcium and Vit D, veggies, and protein. I'm not doing any physical therapy at the moment. My doc didn't want to start therapy until the 3 month mark (maybe because of the severity of my fracture). I lived with my parents for the first month after my fracture. Since then I've lived by myself. I've managed to survive with a few modifications to my lifestyle. I got a chair for my walk-in shower. I removed all rugs around my place. Luckily I have a service in my city that delivers groceries to my door. I use plastic bags a lot when crutching around (picking up after myself and taking items to different rooms). The path to recovery requires healthy eating and creating an environment that promotes healing (and prevents falls). It's a really crappy injury to have, just be patient with it. Hopefully we'll both be up and about a few months from now!

      March 23, 2014 at 00:07 | Report abuse |
  34. Kass

    You are in the same stage of recovery as I am. I am hoping to be weight barring when I return to the Doc on April 21st. It has been a long 6 weeks.

    April 7, 2014 at 16:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RUSS

      Kass i just broke my hip and wondering years later how your recovery went? thank you

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  37. Vegan Dave

    I broke my hip just more than 15 years ago in a bicycle crash. I was 44 years old at the time. I went to the ER late that afternoon, had surgery that evening and was released from the hospital the next morning. I was advised to be non-weight bearing for six weeks. I left with two obvious incisions, so I think that I have two fixation screws installed (my doctor never bothered to talk to me or do any follow-up whatsoever, so I'm guessing a little). I worried and worried about the prognosis as I read about the significant rate of morbidity within the subsequent year. Like for so many others, my surgery resulted in a DVT in the knee area and that was a scary sideline. About six months after accident, I climbed Mt. Hood (~11,200 feet technical glacier climb). In the ensuing fifteen years, I have continued to bicycle, portage carried canoes, backpacked heavy loads, downhill skied, cross-country skied and have done organized runs out to a half-marathon in distance. On and off, I have had some pain and even brusing in the location of the "screw heads." Right at this very time that pain is more profound than ever. Is it likely that after all of this time and successful recuperation that the screws are just now backing out proud enough to insult tissues over and around them? This seems to have been triggered by a five mile run with some particularly jaring downhill sections. My GP is a good guy and would probably send me for diagnostic imagining if that makes sense. As I mentioned, my orthopedic surgon has never provided follow-up care. Thoughts?

    April 23, 2014 at 13:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • vivian gilsoul

      For pete's sake, you are living in a Me-Me_-World! I am ninety years old, fell in the doctor's office (how handy") and I am determined to walk by doing all therapy they threw at me. I walk every day,exercise a lot, eat plenty of fruit and healthy things. YOU have to do it. Not your kids, your wife or husband just YOU.. Get some stretch ropes and USE THEM. Do these thing every day....no long naps because it is your job and nobody else. Do what they tell you to do but do it ten times instead of maybe three.. Don't baby yourself.......You could have LOST one of those legs. Come on, don't be a baby get to work on a very important things.. That thing is getting back to your old life and move on. Keep your chin up...this too shall pass (if you are persistant!!!!!! Good luck.....

      July 8, 2014 at 00:26 | Report abuse |
  38. patrice

    about a year ago my Mom fell and broke her left hip then recentlt fell while living at my house and broke her right hip came hom from rehab and wants to do nothing except lay in bed and ask for pain pills I!m at my wits end any advice

    August 18, 2014 at 04:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michelle Godwin

      They longer she lays around the harder it is going to get!! I have been pushing myself and still have a hard time. There are some days I have problems walking. My femur and hip were broke 1 year ago. I am going to try and go back to work in July. Don't know if I will be able to. As far as the pills, she will continue to need them if she isn't using her hip. Good luck to you.

      May 17, 2015 at 17:29 | Report abuse |
  39. Lloyd

    I wish I could find information on a hip fracture that didn't ASSUME that every patient is at least 65 with osteoporosis.

    August 31, 2014 at 21:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. SHARON

    On Oct 9th 2014, I broke my hip and fractured my pelvis. Two days after they replaced my hip, they had me up walking. I was in rehab for 2 1/2 weeks, with therapy every day. It has been 1 month and 1 week since my surgery and I have no pain in my hip at all, sometimes just a twinge in the pelvic area. I am driving and walking all over the place (with a cane) at least for now. I am 68yrs old and this is the first bone I ever broke. I was determined to walk, I still can't do everything I did before, but I know it won't be that long before I'll be doing those things again. It takes a lot of determination and will power!

    November 23, 2014 at 23:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Paul R Jones

    I am a 55 year old man..I am in good physical condition..I have type 2 diabetes.recently I fell putting my garbage can out due to a car that almost hit me..I broke my hip..it had to be pinned.screws and a brace were installed by the surgeon.I have been in terrible pain since it happened.My question is " can anyone tell me how long recovery time will be..and does the pain ever stop..ive had broken bones before but not like this.its terrible pain..and personally I think Phy.therpy.is doing more harm than good.I have a pulled hamstring and think that I need time to heal..I also wonder how long recovery time is...I live I B.R.Louisiana and am very active.I don' t want my leg to be frozen but it hurts..ochsner hospital orthopedic surgeon installed screws and a L shaped brace inside my right leg.I have many questions about this and would like to join this website to help others..I know how I feel and I would like to help others.im less than a week out the hospital..Paul Jones..thank you

    December 7, 2014 at 06:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ed

      How are you now?

      February 2, 2016 at 21:31 | Report abuse |
  42. Michelle Godwin

    I was in a roll over accident and broke my hip and femur, wasn't found for 2 1/2 days; this was in July of 2014. I am still unable to go back to work as a NAC. I am 55 years old and wondering if my hip will ever work the same or even close. I can do some with limping for a distance but get so sore sometimes it leads into the following day. My femur seems to be a bit better. I have been going through P.T. of which has helped learning the exercies. I am getting concerned because I still don't feel safe enough to return to work. I have put requested to be put on the July schedule. They are 12 hour shifts and don't know if I will be able to do it. Please, is my healing time frame completely off? Why is it taking so long?

    May 17, 2015 at 17:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. James childers

    My wife fell and broke her hip she had surgery and it was repaired,she did really well for 2 weeks then the pain hit her really hard,now she can hardly walk even with a walker.she is 6o and in pretty good health.Why so much pain after 2 weeks?

    June 6, 2015 at 22:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Michelle

    I was in a head on car crash, My hip and pelvic bone were crushed it was a one time fix and I was bed bound for 4 mons. Now im trying to walk and its like my hip and spine are all off, I can only walk short distances before the pain gets too intense. Im always in pain, every move I make,I in pain. How long before this ends, the pain???? Will I walk normal again???

    August 12, 2015 at 22:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ed

      Sorry to hear this. Hope you are doing much better now. I had hip surgery at age 51 (about 18 months ag0) with 3 pins put in the femoral head. Walking fine now but still hesitant to go on any long runs. Will likely run a few miles soon and am contemplating skiing the bunny slopes.

      February 2, 2016 at 21:29 | Report abuse |
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  46. struggling4life

    i have a fall during football. match and .a bad stress frcture hppn an repaired by 2 screws that time i was 15 not finished. my growth. after 2 years pain gets worse n can'. live without. pain killrs.. doc suggest ne for screw removal. n oprtion date fixed i m thrilled. its about my life wil i able to get back to normal life?

    September 27, 2015 at 15:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Lori

    My 85 year old mother in law broke her hip October 31st.....after hospital stay, rehab stay, she was released to go home Dec. 3rd. Things seemed to be going ok, but now she says she is in so much throbbing pain and can't sleep.... all she does is eat sweets and says she is always hungry... she seems to be getting worse instead of better.... anyone have any suggestions?

    January 16, 2016 at 16:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Maire

    Excited to find this site.
    Had a head on car accident dislocated my hip and broke my femur in the top not the weight baring part of hip..
    Also broke my leg on same side in two places.
    Always my question how long without pain and when can I walk.
    Ex rays every three weeks, using a gutter frame to get around the weight from the brace on my leg pulls on my hip, at times
    After six weeks I have been able to put my foot down on the broken side Right side still no weight baring but teaches me to slow down.and reminds my body how I'm going to walk.
    Use the pain killers they not making you better they just easing the pain. Manage your pain well so you can recover well I have learnt this.
    In two weeks I have another ex ray and see if I can weight bare. I have been moving around getting up and down is painful
    But as time goes on I realise after having a painful day I can move a bit more without the pain.
    Eight weeks and I'm hoping to start physio, hydrotherapy, doc says it's a traumatic break got to take it easy.
    I have been doing foot exercises and moving while on the bed taking off my brace and rubbing my leg to keep up circulation
    I'm very positive and motivated. Hang in there people it can only get better..

    March 1, 2016 at 22:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Willem

    My story:
    43 years old
    Enthousiastic mountainbiker( doing marathons of 100 kms).
    I did brake my hip at the end of a mountainbike trip at the square near my home.(4.5 weeks ago)
    4 hrs later a surgeon put 3 canulated screws in my hip and stated the day after that I could load it with 50%.
    left the hospital the day after (as soon you can walk upstairs with crutches you can go home in the Netherlands.)

    2 times a week fysiotherapy
    2 weeks always with 2 crutches.
    after 2 weeks 1 crutch at home; 2 outside.
    last 1.5 weeks always with 1.
    today I started as much as possible without.
    Expectation is that I don't need them anymore end of next week.

    after 1 week I could do 5 round on a hometrainer.
    1 day later I could do 2 minutes.
    4 days later I could do 3×10 minutes!
    After 3.5 weeks I biked my first 25 kms!
    Ik was amazing to see how fast the swelling was gone as soon as I started cycling on a hometrainer!

    fast recovery.
    biking go's better then walking.
    Make sure you have a hometrainer at home; it really helps (but make sure you align with your fysiotherapist)

    Risk is still necrose of the hip; I expect to be in the 80% that doesnot have it!

    March 25, 2016 at 16:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Omar Martinez

    Hi i broke my hip and i got out of hip surgery about a week ago and now I'm home, i am 16 years old and it happened while playing soccer. I just wanna approximately how long will it take to heal for i can go back to walking.

    March 28, 2016 at 22:44 | Report abuse | Reply
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