Is it normal to still have pain three years after I broke my hip?

2 answers | Last updated: Sep 20, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

i am male. at age 59 i broke my right hip. they put 3 screws in to repair. i am very active and not over weight. yet, after 3 years, i still have sever pain. at times it hurts as bad as the day i broke it. doctors say its healed. my question is. is this normal after 3 years?

Expert Answers

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

Reading your question, I agree that you should not have this much pain if your hip is fixed, especially at your young age. My first thought is that there is something else causing your pain, such as sciatica, which is a painful nerve condition of the hip/buttocks on one side of the body. My other thought is that your hip may have osteoarthritis which is causing pain, especially since you had an injury.

If you have not had a second opinion from an orthopedist, I would get one. They may want to check xrays or even a MRI to evaluate your hip joint to make sure everything is OK. If you have already gotten a second opinion and they told you everything is fine, then I would try to go to a Pain Center, so they could evaluate you to see what is causing your pain. Good luck!

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ljs answered...

No, it is absolutely not normal. You need a good orthopedic doctor to evaluate your hip! good Luck!