Hip fractures are common head on car accident injuries due to the force of the impact.
Hip fractures are a common outcome of a head on car accident, because the forces involved in this kind of an accident can push up the leg to the hip and cause the hip to break near the pelvis. There are several types of hip fractures that can result from a car accident.
Types of Hip Fractures and Their Treatment
Extracapsular fractures are a type of fracture that occur in a way that the blood supply to the hip remains unaffected. This type of fracture is treated by surgery, which involves making an incision and replacing the femur head or using screws and plates to hold the ends of the joint together until it heals.
Another fracture that can result from such an accident is an intracapsular fracture. It involves the femoral neck and may cause damage to the blood supply to the area. This injury can result in loss of circulation to the femoral neck or avascular necrosis. These types of hip fractures often need complete replacement of the femoral head.
The forces of a car accident can cause the femoral head to get pushed up through the acetabulum causing it to break. The acetabulum is a part of the pelvic bone and the socket part of the hip joint. If the acetabulum does not heal with conservative treatment, it has to be replaced with an artificial socket. An artificial femoral neck may also have to be placed to ensure that they fit well together.
When someone suffers a hip fracture in a front end car accident, he/she may experience immediate hip pain and may be unable to walk on the injured leg. After surgery, the patient will have to undergo physical therapy and will have to use a cane or walker initially to walk.
Symptoms of a Hip Fracture
Some of the signs and symptoms of a hip fracture include:
- Inability to move the injured limb
- Increased swelling or bruising in the hip or groin area
- Severe pain in hip or groin area
- Shorter leg on the side of the injury
- Externally rotated hip on the affected side
A study was conducted to gauge the frequency and incidence of hip fractures in head on accidents. It was found that these fractures occur quite regularly, because of the forces involved. The study also looked at the probability of long term disability following these kind of accidents. It was found that of all parts of the leg involved in the accident, the hip joint is the weakest point, and therefore most prone to fractures.
While anyone can suffer a hip fracture in a car accident, older people are the most susceptible. Those who suffer from osteoporosis are especially at risk.
St. Louis Car Accident Law Firm
If you or a loved one have been involved in a head on collision that resulted in a hip fracture or any other type of injury, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. today by calling (314) 361-4242 or by filling out our online contact form.
With more than 15 years of experience, our attorney Chris Hoffmann assists car and truck accident victims throughout Missouri and Illinois.