What are the symptoms of a fractured femur?
Symptoms of a fractured femur are primarily localized to the area of the thigh. If other injuries or severe bleeding are associated with the fracture, these conditions may also produce symptoms, some of which may be life threatening.
Common symptoms of a fractured femur
Typically, a fractured femur results in intense pain, deformity, and inability to move the leg. Common symptoms include:
- Bleeding or bruising
- Deformity of the leg
- Inability to move the affected leg
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness or tingling
- Severe pain
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
A fractured femur is an emergency that can in some cases be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:
- Confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment
- Heavy or uncontrollable bleeding
- Inability to move the leg
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Protruding fragments of bone through the skin
- Severe pain
What is a fractured femur?
A fractured femur is a breakage in the thigh bone (femur), the longest bone in the human body. The strength and size of the femur means that under typical circumstances, a large force or extensive trauma is needed in order to result in a fracture. Motor vehicle accidents and falls are examples of common accidents that result in a fractured femur. A fractured femur in a child may be a sign ... Read more about fractured femurintroduction
What causes a fractured femur?
Accidents are the most common cause of fractured femur. A relatively strong force is required to break this sturdy bone, so motor vehicle accidents and falls are among the most common causes. Certain conditions, such as osteoporosis or cancer that has invaded the bone marrow, can render the involved bones more susceptible to breakage.... Read more about fractured femurcauses
How is a fractured femur treated?
Treatments for a fractured femur are based upon realignment of the fragments of the broken bone so that healing can take place. In some cases, dependent upon the location and extent of the fracture as well as the presence of associated injuries, surgical implantation of plates, rods, or screws may be necessary to help hold the bone fragments in place. Casting and traction are also common treatments.... Read more about fractured femurtreatments