Why is this happening and what can be done?
When Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists, Physician Assistant Jonathan Hull noticed increasing numbers of hip fracture admissions and readmissions at the hospital where he works, he took action to find out why and what could be done to reverse the trend. After more than a year of research, he had answers. Hull shared them with fellow medical professionals nationwide when his article, Hip Fracture Risk Assessment and Reduction, was published in the prestigious, national medical magazine, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
Hull discovered that the rise in hip fracture rates and the associated risks of death and disability associated with those fractures were not limited to his hospital. They are part of a larger, global trend.
“The data shows that currently there are approximately 250,000 hip fractures annually in the U.S. and by the year 2050, the number is expected to reach 6 million,” Hull said. “With this increasing rate, mortality and morbidity associated with hip fractures will also grow.” He explained that this rise may impact overall health and stability of the health care system. “There is a growing need to assess and reduce hip fracture risks.”