Femur fractures: Impact and recovery after a car accident

On Behalf of | Sep 6, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury

Car accidents can have catastrophic effects on Mississippi motorists’ well-being, often resulting in life-altering injuries. One particularly severe injury that can occur is a femur fracture. The femur, or thighbone, is the longest and strongest bone in the human body, and its fracture can lead to pain, trauma and challenges in the recovery process.

About femur fractures

A femur fracture can happen due to the immense force that a collision exerts on the leg during car crashes. The collision impact and severity directly influence the type and extent of the fracture.

Femur fractures fall into into several categories, including transverse, oblique, spiral and comminuted fractures, each requiring specific approaches to treatment.


Not only does a femur fracture cause immediate pain and immobilization, but it can also lead to complications such as blood loss, nerve damage and the risk of infection. In some cases, other bones and organs might suffer as well. Due to how important the femur is to walking and weight-bearing, the fracture can severely limit mobility, leading to a decreased quality of life during the recovery period.


Femur fracture treatment usually involves surgical intervention. Orthopedic surgeons employ techniques like intramedullary nailing (using a nail or rod to stabilize the bone), external fixation or plates and screws to align and stabilize the fractured bone. The treatment choice depends on the fracture type and the patient’s overall health.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation follow the surgery, aiming to restore strength, flexibility and function to the affected leg. This process can be lengthy and requires a great deal of patience and effort from both the patient and their medical team.


The recovery journey after a femur fracture is a long one, often involving physical, emotional and psychological distress. Patients may experience fear of reinjury, anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Therefore, a comprehensive approach to recovery should address both the physical and emotional aspects of healing, keeping the sufferer mentally strong in the long road ahead.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you should consult with an experienced attorney who handles these specific types of cases.