Hot Topics in Biomechanics: Hip Fracture Fixation

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Geriatric hip fractures continue to increase in frequency as the population ages, and intertrochanteric femur fractures are a significant part of these injuries. Plate fixation for intertrochanteric fractures of the proximal femur has been in use for many years, and application of the sliding hip screw has also been a mainstay of treatment. Recent data suggest there may be a benefit to using implants that add rotational stability to the proximal intertrochanteric fragment. Although preliminary data are promising, there is need for improved investigation to demonstrate the benefit of these new implant designs. In this era of increasing emphasis on cost, quality, and value, better data are needed to help clinicians determine the best therapy for their patients.

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