Acetabular Fractures (Hip Fractures)
Acetabular fractures (hip fractures) occur in the area where the pelvis meets the head of the femur, known as the “hip socket.” The acetabulum is actually the “socket” in the “ball-and-socket hip joint.”
Although not very common, these complex fractures are usually caused by direct trauma (high falls, auto accidents) to the pelvis and/or femur (thigh bone). Elderly patients may suffer these fractures due to weakened bones. Patients are often unable to walk on the damaged limb(s), with any hip movements leading to pain and muscle spasms.
An acetabular fracture can be successfully treated with surgery.