The femur, or thighbone, is the largest of the bones in the human leg. Because of this, it is less commonly fractured as a result of traumatic injury compared to the fibula and tibia, which are the bones that connect the knee to the foot. It also the strongest bone in the human body, and the only bone located in the thigh. It is the bone that connects the hip to the knee. The portion of the femur located closest to the hip is called proximal end, while the portion closest to the knee is called the distal end. The proximal end of the femur has a ball-like structure called the “femoral head” which fits into a rounded “socket” in the hip called the acetabulum, forming a ball joint. On the other side, the distal end, along with both the tibia and the patella, come together to form the knee joint.
When excessive force impacts the hip and femur, a wide variety of traumatic injury can result, including fracture of the femoral head and fracture of the femoral neck, both of which may require prosthetic replacement.
Femur fractures come in many different types, and usually affect the femoral shaft, which is the body of the femur. The following are among the most common:
- Transverse Fracture: A fracture that occurs in a horizontal line straight across the femoral shaft
- Oblique Fracture: This occurs in an angled line that cross the shaft
- Spiral Fracture: These fractures result from the thigh being twist, and the fracture lines will circle around the shaft in a shape resembling a spiral.
- Comminuted Fracture: This is a more severe injury, where the bone has been broken into three or more pieces. Generally speaking, there are more pieces when the cause of the injury involved more force.
- Open Fracture: Also called a compound fracture, this type occurs when the bone is broken and either the fragments of bone break the skin or the injury is deep enough to reach the bone. When a person experiences this type of injury, he or she usually also experiences damage to nearby muscles, tendons and ligaments. Due to its severity, infection and other complications are also more common with open fractures.
Injuries to the femur tend to be caused by high-energy collisions, especially car accidents and motorcycle crashes. It can also be caused by a pedestrian being hit by a car, a fall from a significant height or as a result of a gunshot. However, as a person grows older it is possible to sustain this type of injury from a less traumatic event. This is because as we go older our bones become more brittle. Therefore, even a fall when standing on a level surface can injure the femur for an older person.
If you suffered a femur injury from a car accident or as a result of unsafe conditions on a property you may have a case. Please contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Parker Scheer LLP to discuss your situation.
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