A condition where the femur, or thigh bone, is broken. The femur extends from the pelvis to the knee and is the longest and strongest bone in the body.
Since the femur is among the strongest bones in the body, it usually required a great deal of force in order to break it. Therefore, femur fractures are typically caused by direct blows, twists and falls to the femur bone. A common cause of a femur fracture results from injury sustained in an automobile accident or motorcycle accident, where an individual is exposed to amounts of high exertion to the thigh.
Severe pain, swelling, inability to walk and deformity of the leg are common symptoms associated with a femur fracture.
Like other fractures, treatment can depend on the severity of the injury. If the femur is broken completely, surgery may be needed to put the bone back into position. Physical therapy and other exercises can also be used to strengthen the muscles around the injury.