Could my hip be broken?

A fellow caregiver asked...

I fell on my right hip, landed on the hard edge of the bench seat in our camper. I have been walking fine and even laying on my hip with some pain but have a good size bruise. The pain comes and goes. If I am walking fine and climbing stairs at my split level home, could my hip be broken?

Expert Answer

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Usually, if you break your hip, you would be unable to bear weight (you couldn't walk) without being in severe pain. It is more likely that you just banged yourself up from this fall, and that is why your pain comes and goes. You should feel better in a couple of weeks.