The femur, or thighbone, is the strongest and longest bone in the body, requiring a large amount of force to break. A broken femur is most often caused by car crashes and refers to a break anywhere along the femoral shaft. This guide will inform you about the most common types of femoral fractures, common broken femur complications, and recovery timelines for walking after femur fracture.
Types of Broken Femur
Due to the wide potential for variation in femur fractures, doctors use a classification system that includes the location and pattern and damage to the skin and muscle by the fracture to describe the different types of broken femur. Common types of broken femur include:
- Transverse Fracture – Horizontal break across the femoral shaft
- Oblique Fracture – Angled break across the femoral shaft
- Spiral Fracture – A break that circles the bone like stripes on a candy-cane
- Comminuted Fracture – Bone is broken into three or more pieces
- Open/Compound Fracture – Bone has broken in such a way that bone fragments protrude from the skin, creating an open wound.
Is There Any Helpful Treatment I Can Get for Free?
If you have suffered a broken femur you may be eligible to receive a variety of free treatments, including physiotherapy, medical compresses, and icepacks. Many UK nationals are eligible to claim free treatment for these injuries, resulting in improved recovery times. To find out if you’re eligible for these free treatments, please contact us today.
Common Broken Femur Complications
A broken femur is an incredibly painful injury, often caused by a severe traumatic event. Adding to the danger is the fact that there are several potential broken femur complications:
- Risk of the sharp ends of the broken bone tearing or cutting surrounding blood vessels and nerves
- Acute Compartment Syndrome – Painful and dangerous condition that can occur when pressure builds within the muscles, cutting off the nerve cells from nourishment and oxygen.
- In the case of an open fracture there is a risk of bone infection due to exposure. This is a very difficult condition to treat.
- Fat embolism
- Malalignment of the broken bone fragments during or after surgery
What Free Private Treatment Can I Qualify For?
You may not realise it, but you and millions of other people with similar injuries across the UK can obtain access to free, private treatment for a broken femur. We have many different treatments available, and depending on where you’re located, it can be delivered quickly, for free, by healthcare professionals. The treatments we offer will help you to recover faster, and get you back to full strength more quickly than you’d expect.
How Long Does It Take To Recover from a Broken Femur?
Recovering from a broken femur usually takes at least four to six months, and can stretch out even longer if the injury was an open fracture or resulted in the femur breaking into several pieces. Doctors recommend leg motion as early as possible in the recovery period, however walking will require the support of crutches or a walker. Physical therapy is critical in reducing the impact of muscle atrophy and accelerating the recovery process.
How Can I Recover Safer and Possibly Faster?
Injuries to the femur are extremely painful and dangerous conditions that nearly always require surgery to correct. Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the recovery process and restoration of functionality, and you may be eligible for free treatments in your area. To find out if we can help speed up your recovery process simply give us a call and we’ll let you know right away.
Contact Us Today And Discover If You Could Be Eligible For Free Private Treatment
Many people are unaware of the benefits of private physiotherapy for a broken femur. In order to recover more quickly and return to work and your normal life as soon as possible, physiotherapy is required. To find out if you qualify for free, private physiotherapy treatments for your femoral injury, call Medical Expert on 020 3870 4868 today and find out more. In less than a minute, we could help you discover the benefits of a course of private treatment at no extra charge in your area. Let us help put you on the fast track to recovery.