A car accident victim who sustains a broken femur may have to undergo prolonged treatment, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.
The femur (thigh bone) is the strongest and longest bone in the body. It extends all the way from the hip to the knee joint and can be broken only with tremendous force. A broken femur bone injury can have devastating consequences. Research has shown that 24 percent of people who suffer a femur fracture die within a year of injury. Only a small percentage of people are able to recover completely. A car accident victim who sustains a broken femur may have to undergo prolonged treatment, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. Car accidents are a common cause of femur fractures.
Types of Femur Fractures
Femoral shaft breaks: Femoral shaft breaks are a debilitating injury, often caused by a high speed car accident or a long distance fall. This kind of fracture requires surgical treatment; a metal rod is placed in the center of the thigh bone to reconnect the broken ends. The rods are fastened with screws and it stays in the thigh for the lifetime.
Supracondylar femur breaks: A relatively uncommon type of fracture, supracondylar femur breaks involve a break right above the knee joint. The knee cartilage becomes damaged and both the fracture and the cartilage have to be treated. People who suffer supracondylar femur breaks become susceptible to arthritis of the knee. Treatment of such fractures may require a brace, cast, plates, screws, intramedullary rod, or external fixator.
Proximal femur breaks: Also known as a hip fracture, proximal femur breaks involve a large part of the thigh bone near the hip joint. A broken hip injury is a type of proximal femur break, which involves a fracture to the hip bone. Another type of proximal femur break is the femoral neck break, in which the ball of the ball-and-socket hip joint is disconnected from the femur and disrupts the blood supply to the bone. It is an extremely severe injury and the patient may require a partial or full hip replacement. Less severe breaks may require hip hemiarthroplasty or hip pinning. Intertrochanteric femur fracture is another type of proximal femur break involving fractures that occur lower than the femoral neck fracture.
Symptoms of a Femur Fracture
The symptoms of a femur fracture may vary from patient to patient and depends on how the injury occurred. Some common symptoms are:
- lower back pain
- swelling and contusions
- thigh, knee, or hip pain
- inability to stand or walk on both legs
St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer
If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms after a car accident, seek immediate medical attention. If your injuries are due to a negligent driver, contact a St. Louis car accident attorney to protect your legal rights and receive compensation for your injuries. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.