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What is a Pathologic Femur Fracture?

Not all bone fractures are the same and a pathologic femur fracture is a unique scenario. Whether it is a slip and fall injury, a motor vehicle collision, or a physical assault, a pathologic fracture is a separate category. A pathologic femur fracture is a break in the femur following relatively minor trauma. This could include something as simple as walking up the stairs. Even though minor trauma is not typically enough to cause a break in the bone, the bones in a pathologic fracture have been weakened by a pre-existing disease. Some of these include:

When Surgical Equipment Needs to Be Removed

The femur is one of the largest bones in the body and equipment is often required to repair fractures in this bone. While this may come as a surprise to some people, plates and screws often play a critical role in the repair of this bone. Though some fractures of the femur might be able to heal without the use of equipment, this isn’t always the case. Some of the reasons why material such as pins and plates might be required include:

Femur Fracture Recovery Time

A broken bone is one of the most common injuries that people might sustain in a traumatic accident, and a femur fracture is among the most severe. As one of the thickest bones in the body, it requires a large amount of force to cause a fracture in the femur. Unfortunately, this also means that if the femur is fractured, the damage could be significant. A few of the most common mechanisms of femur fractures include:

Motorcycle Accidents Can Lead to Compound Femur Fractures

One of the most serious injuries that an individual could sustain in a motorcycle accident is a compound femur fracture. The femur is one of the largest bones in the body. This means that it requires a tremendous amount of force to fracture. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often involve enough force to cause a femur fracture. Some of the signs that someone might have suffered a femur fracture include:

External Fixation in a Femur Fracture

External fixation in a femur fracture is one of the emergency treatment options for a broken leg. The femur connects the hip to the knee and helps to support a significant percentage of an individual’s body weight. As one of the thickest bones in the body, it is challenging to break; however, a femur fracture is a common injury in a traumatic accident. If an individual presents with leg pain or a visible broken bone, there are several factors which will dictate the treatment of the injury. A few of these include:

Femoral Artery Damage with a Femur Fracture

Those who have sustained a serious bone fracture could be prone to suffering damage to major blood vessels. This is the case for individuals who have suffered a fracture of the femur. It is possible for a bone fragment to damage one of the nearby vessels, such as the femoral artery. Unfortunately, not everyone has good bone health. Recently, a study was published by the National Institutes of Health on children who suffered bone fractures. According to the study:

Mobility After a Femur Fracture

Fractures of the femur are incredibly severe, and it can be difficult for people to recover from. Depending on the severity of the fracture, people might have trouble walking, let alone running. It is essential for everyone to understand just how common femur fractures can be. Some of the statistics on femur fractures that have been released by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)have shown that:

What is an Occult Femur Fracture?

Femur fractures are among the most painful and most serious injuries that someone can suffer. Many people believe that a broken leg is easy to spot. After all, if someone cannot walk on his or her leg, there is likely a serious injury. On the other hand, some fractures can be missed by routine imaging. These fractures are termed occult, meaning that they are not readily obvious. According to a study that was published in Acta Orthopedics:

Complications of an Open Femur Fracture

Bone fractures are some of the most commonly suffered injuries in a car accident and, unfortunately, complications can develop. When an individual sustains an open fracture of the femur, the complications can be even more severe. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS):

Femur Fracture Malunion

Like other injuries, bone fractures range in their scope and severity; however, any fracture that doesn’t heal correctly, termed malunion, is a serious problem. When femur fracture malunion takes place, the consequences can be severe. Unfortunately, bone fractures are an incredibly common injury, and their incidence is on the rise. As people continue to live longer, the rates of bone fractures are only going to increase. It is important for everyone to understand some of the factors that increase the risks of suffering a bone fracture. According to information published by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF):