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A hip fracture is a break in the upper part of the thigh bone (femur), which is the bone that fits into the socket of the hip joint. Severe fractures are usually treated with surgery. Stress fractures, which are tiny hairline cracks in the bone, may or may not require surgery.
Hairline fractures often are caused by ongoing overuse, such as from regular long-distance running. They can also be caused by a fall, slip, or stumble. They cause pain in the hip during and after use, especially with strenuous activities such as running or cycling. They can also cause groin pain.
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Current as of: March 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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