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Sections through the upper and lower ends of the femur or upper human leg bone, and a cross-section of the femur shaft. The bone has been sectioned to show the trabeculae that form the internal supportive structure of long bones. Hip fractures most often occur at the neck of the femur, which is the thinner section that sits just outside of the hip joint. In old age, the density of the neck of the femur decreases (osteoporosis) and the hip becomes vulnerable to fracture.