Hip fracture - Symptoms 

Symptoms of a hip fracture 

If you have a fractured hip:

  • your hip will be painful
  • you will not be able to lift, move or rotate (turn) your leg

Usually, you will be unable to stand or put weight on your leg, but occasionally this is possible. If the pain does not go away after a fall, do not ignore it.

If you have fractured your hip, you will need to get to hospital for treatment as soon as possible. Call 999 for an ambulance and try to keep warm while you wait.

Other signs of a hip fracture can include:

  • bruising and swelling around the hip area
  • a shorter leg on the injured side
  • your leg turning outwards more on the injured side

If you have fallen

You may feel shaken or shocked after a fall, but do not panic. Try to get someone’s attention by:

  • calling out for help
  • banging on the wall or the floor (if there is someone on the floor below you)
  • using your aid call button (if you have one)

When someone arrives, ask them to call 999 for an ambulance. If you are on you own, try to crawl to a telephone and dial 999 for an ambulance.

Read more about what to do after a fall.

If you have fallen, you may also have other injuries, such as a knock to the head. If you do not get help immediately, you may also experience:

  • hypothermia, when your body temperature drops below 35C (95F) as a result of being in a cold environment
  • dehydration, when the normal water content of your body is reduced because you have not been able to eat or drink 

Page last reviewed: 06/07/2012

Next review due: 06/07/2014

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