Kelly Ripa: Broken Hip has Kelly Ripa Resting

Kelly Ripa, the 40 year old TV host, surprised her audience when she hobbled onto the set using crutches. Ripa explained that she has a stress fracture of the fermoral neck in her right hip.

"It looks much worse than it is," Ripa said of her injury, going on to explain that she had been in pain for several weeks and had thought she had torn a muscle.

However, an X-ray showed no injury. "I was just there for the painkillers, let's face it," Kelly joked.

She added that she has been banned from attending the gym or partaking in any form of exercise for three to six weeks.

Kelly, who loves to run, take classes and work out, said: 'Right away, I was like what? There must be a mistake!'

But, she added: 'I don't need any surgery, I don't need anything special done. I just have to sit down.'

What is a Fractured Hip?

A hip fracture is a break in the thigh bone just below the hip joint. The hip joint consists of a ball at the top of the thigh bone (femur) and a rounded socket (acetabulum) in the pelvis. Most hip fractures occur in the neck of the femur 1-2 inches below the ball portion of the hip.

Factors that may contribute to a hip fracture include:

* Falls (the most frequent cause of hip fractures)
* Osteoporosis -a bone-thinning condition that weakens all bones including the hip
* Motor vehicle accidents and other types of major trauma
* Stress fractures in athletes (rare)
* Bone conditions such as osteomalacia (rare)
* Bone tumors (rare)

Treatment includes:Prompt Emergency Treatment * Taking all weight off the injured leg and immobilizing the fracture * Checking vital signs such as blood pressure * Treating problems such as internal blood loss * Pain control with pain killers and other drugsSurgerySurgery is performed to set the broken bone and hold it in the correct position. This may involve: * Inserting a surgical plate and screws at the fracture site * Replacing the hip with a metal implant (prosthesis), which has a ball that fits into the hip socket and an attached stem which goes into the thigh bone to hold the implant in placePhysical Assistance * Exercises or therapy to help you return to your normal level of activity * A cane or walker as advised by your doctor * Aid with activities of daily living until you can return to normal activity
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