If you are concerned that your hips are not strong enough then there are drugs to help make the bones stronger, which can mean that you avoid having to have invasive and painful hip replacement surgery. These questions have been set out by the University of Nottingham to help doctors determine if someone is in need of hip strengthening treatment.
QFractureScores Hip Strength Questions
- Do you have asthma?
- Are you taking steroid tablets regularly?
- Have you had a heart attack, angina, stroke or TIA (a mini-stroke with full recovery within 24 hrs)?
- Do you a history of falls?
- Do you have chronic liver disease?
- Do you have rheumatoid arthritis?
- Do you have type 2 diabetes?
For women only
- Which type of Hormone Replacement Therapy are you on?
- Do either of your parents have osteoporosis/hip fracture?
- Do you have gastrointestinal malabsorption (e.g. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, coeliac disease, steatorrhoea, blind loop syndrome)?
The idea of the test is to determine which patients are most likely to suffer from a broken bone in the next decade. Those that are marked as at risk are then prescribed medicine to help make the bones stronger.
The system, called QFractureScores, could also be used by patients themselves and is similar in approach to a widely used score to determine the chances of developing heart disease.
If you answer yes to many of the questions above then it may be wise to book an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options.