A broken bone may not sound serious, but if you are an older man or woman, a hip fracture can be the start of many severe health problems. How dangerous is a broken hip in an older person, and what is the mortality rate after a hip fracture?
More people in the United States visit an orthopedic surgeon because of knee problems than for any other complaint. Knee pain results in more than 12 million visits to a doctor's office a year, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Osteoporosis is a thinning and weakening of the bones that strikes many women after menopause, as well as some older men. The disease makes your bones much more likely to break or fracture if you fall down or suffer an injury which otherwise would have been minor.