What Is A Femur Fracture?
Femur fractures occur in the femur (the thigh bone) is the longest and strongest bone in the human body. A broken thighbone often results from a car accident or bad fall. Symptoms include immediate, severe pain, deformity of the leg, bruising and swelling, and inability to move the leg. A fractured femur is a serious injury because there may be associate injuries to other parts of the leg and body.
What Are The Symptoms of Femur Fractures?
A femur fracture(or broken leg/thigh bone) typically causes pain, tenderness, bruising, swelling and some deformity of the upper leg area.
What Are The Treatment Option For Femur Fractures?
It requires a lot of force to fracture this bone and, therefore, treatment is not simple. Surgery is required in just about every femur fracture, and the most common practice is to insert a metal rod down the inside of the bone to keep it straight (known as intramedullary fixation). This rod, which is inserted near the hip or through the knee, usually remains in the patient for life. It holds the two ends of the bone in their proper alignment and rotation while they heal together. Other methods of surgical treatment include plating, in which a metal plate is applied to the side of the thighbone across the fracture and held in place by screws.