The femur is the body’s longest, strongest bone. So when it breaks, there’s usually a lot of force involved. And⎯no surprises⎯the primary cause of a broken femur is a car crash. Read on to learn other causes and cures for a broken thighbone.
Causes & Triggers
- Abnormal twisting
- Forceful fall or blow
- High-impact collision (especially motor vehicle accident)
- Osteoporosis, cancer or other bone-weakening conditions
- Repeated stress injuries
Signs & Symptoms
- Inability to bear weight
- Limited or no range of motion
- Obvious deformity
Tips & Treatment
- Like all fracture, the severity of femoral fracture varies.
- Since strong bones can help prevent this condition, it is a good idea to participate in regular weight-bearing exercise such as walking, and strengthening or weight training.
- This type of break usually requires surgical repair with metal pins, screws, plates and rods, followed with splinting and physical rehabilitation.
- Because proper healing is dependent on proper treatment, seek the expertise of a well-qualified orthopedic specialist.