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  Hip Fracture

A broken hip - also called a hip fracture - isn't the most common type of fracture linked to osteoporosis, but it is by far the most severe. Only about 25 percent of women who have hip fractures fully recover and are able to get around as they did before the event. And about 20 percent of women with fractures become compromised enough that they must enter nursing homes or other long term-care facilities.
  Unlike most other fractures, surgery is always needed to repair a broken hip, and rehabilitation afterward lasts many weeks and usually takes place in a hospital or other medical facility.  
  The good news? A health lifestyle can help lower the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. If you've already had a fracture, there are medications that can lower your risk of having another one.  
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