Femur Shaft Fractures (Broken Thighbone)


Your femur (thighbone) is the longest and most resilient bone in your body. Because the femur is so durable, it typically takes excessive force to break it. Car accidents, for example, are the number one cause of femur shaft fractures Mexico.

The long, straight part of the femur is called the femoral shaft. When there is a break anywhere along this length of bone, it is called a femoral shaft fracture Mexico.

Types of Femur Shaft Fractures

Femur fractures vary greatly, depending on the force that sourced the break. The most common types of femoral shaft fractures include:

Transverse fracture—break is a straight horizontal line going across the femoral shaft.

Oblique fracture—angled line across the shaft.

Spiral fracture—encircles the shaft like the stripes on a candy cane.

Comminuted fracture—bone has broken into three or more pieces.

Open fracture— if a bone breaks in such a way that bone fragments stick out through the skin or a wound penetrates down to the broken bone, the fracture is called an open or compound fracture.

Cause of Femur Shaft Fractures

Femoral shaft fractures in younger individuals are caused by high-energy collisions. The most common cause of femoral shaft fracture is a vehicle accident. A lower-energy occurrence, such as a fall from standing, may cause a femoral shaft fracture in an older individual with fragile bones.

Symptoms of Femur Shaft Fractures

A femoral shaft fracture usually induces severe, immediate pain. You will not be able to put weight on the injured leg, and it may look deformed (unaligned or shorter than the other leg)

Treatment for Femur Shaft Fractures

Most femoral shaft fractures require surgery to heal. It is uncommon for femoral shaft fractures to be treated without surgery. Extremely young children are occasionally treated with a cast.

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