A broken thighbone, also known as a femur fracture, is a serious and painful injury. The femur (thigh bone) is the largest bone in your body. The femur is the only bone in the upper portion of your leg, and it is completely covered by your thigh muscles.
Since the femur is one of the strongest bones in the body, a break or fracture in the femur bone is often caused by severe injuries such as trauma sustained in a motor vehicle accident or a high-speed activity like skiing or biking.
Signs and Symptoms
A femoral shaft fracture usually causes immediate, severe pain. You will not be able to put weight on the injured leg, and it may look deformed—shorter than the other leg and no longer straight.
- Difficulty moving the leg
- Inability to stand or walk
- Pain or swelling in the thigh, possibly with bruising
- Deformity (abnormal shape) of the thigh
- Bone pushing out through the skin — sign of a severe fracture
Treatment for femur fracture may vary based on the type and location of the break and may often include:
- Setting the leg
- Immobilization through a splint or cast
- Pain medication
A displaced fracture may require the broken bones to be realigned, prior to splinting or casting of the leg. Depending on the degree of displacement, surgical or nonsurgical methods may be used to manipulate the bones back into position.
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