Chapter 270

Injuries to the hip and femur are common, occurring most often in the elderly population. There are more than 300,000 hospitalizations annually in the U.S. for hip fracture; it is estimated that incidence may double by the year 2040 due to the aging population.1,2 Age, race, and gender are important factors in hip injuries, with incidence doubling for each decade past the age of 50 years old. The incidence is approximately two to three times higher in women than in men.

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