Broken thigh overview
The thigh bone, or femur, is the largest and strongest bone in the body. As a result broken thighs cause a great deal of trauma to the individual in question. The impacts required to cause a broken thigh are large as a result of the strength of the bone, a broken thigh is therefore usually as a result of a high speed road traffic accident or fall from height.
Types of thigh break
Depending on the type of impact, the thigh can break in several different ways. A simple fracture is a broken thigh in which the bone does not pierce the skin. An impacted fracture is often caused by falls. With this type of broken thigh, one end of the bone is forced into the other. A spiral fracture is a break around the thigh bone. This type of broken thigh is often caused by twisting effects and is very unusual. Comminuted fractures, where a bone breaks into fragments, or compression fractures are the most common types of broken bones sustained in road traffic accidents due to the large forces involved.
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Broken thigh repair
A broken thigh often requires surgery and pinning to ensure that the broken thigh is aligned correctly in order to heal in the appropriate position. As with all injures, the timescales for a broken thigh to heal depends on the exact nature of the break along with other factors such as your age. There are four main stages that a broken thigh bone goes through to heal. Firstly a haematoma is formed by the blood vessels in the thigh bone. Secondly, a cartilage callus forms on the site of the haematoma to act as a splint. Thirdly, a bonus callus replaces the cartilage. Finally the bony callus forms a permanent patch on the site of the fracture.
Broken thigh next steps
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