Well, yes! If she can't walk, her bones could be extremely weak. It's possible she broke it just from, say, turning over in bed the wrong way.
Do you suspect a hospital or nursing home staff member of CAUSING the break by dropping her or something? If you are suspicious, get a copy of her x-rays and take them to an outside doctor, preferably an orthopedist who works with the elderly a lot or a geriatric specialist. He would probably be able to tell how much force the fracture would have required. But it really could have just happened.
Hi tbat, yes this can happen! Has your grandmother (?) taken any of the bisphosphonates (Actonel, Fosamax, Reclast or Boniva)? Atypical femur fraxs (frax w/o trauma) can happen in these populations. Forteo is used to repair these when intramedullary rodding is considered (aka exchange nailing) to repair the frax, or even if not. Forteo does not cause these fraxs. I hope your family member doesn't have this, and best of luck to you.
Last Sept a group of individuals testified before the FDA on this problem with BPs. If you are dealing with this, find a good ortho surgeon or endo that can guide your family member through this very difficult recovery. Not trying to scare you, but this is a complex procedure and recovery and should not be taken likely.
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