Types of femur fractures
The femoral shaft is the long and straight part of the femur. Femoral shaft fractures usually consist of cracks, full breaks or crushes. The femur can be fractured in one or more of three areas:
- At the head of the bone close to the pelvis where it might be called a hip fracture
- In any direction at the straight shaft of the bone
- At the lower end of the bone by the knee where it might be called a knee fracture
Due to the force of any impact necessary to fracture a femur, the damage to muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and blood vessels can be more problematic than the fracture itself. If the fracture is open with bone coming out of the skin, the risk of serious infection increases exponentially.
How are femur fractures treated
The healing timeline
Significant pain, bruising and tenderness can last for weeks after any femur fracture. Assuming that the fracture was surgically repaired, expect a recovery period targeted at maximum medical improvement within six months. Physical therapy will be a major component of recovery. Depending on the surgeon’s orders, it could start as early as the day after surgery. Patients will eventually begin walking on crutches or with the aid of a walker until they regain sufficient mobility.
Any femur fracture is serious. You’re likely to miss months of work, and the medical bills will be staggering. If you have been in an accident and suffered a femur fracture as a result of the carelessness and negligence of somebody else, call us as soon as possible for a free consultation and case evaluation. That fracture is likely to affect you for the rest of your life, and we want you to be fully compensated for it.