What is the Treatment of Leg Fracture?

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Jun 29, 2011

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Treatment of Leg Fracture

The treatment of leg fracture depends on the type of fracture that one has suffered.

The treatment options for each type of leg fracture is explained below.

Treatment of Femur Fractures

When a person suffering from a femure fracture visits the doctor, the latter usually recommends surgical repair in the case of which you would be required to stay in the hospital for a short time period. It creates lesser dissabilit compared with other treatment options.

To repair the fracture, the surgeon would join the segments of the broken femur with the help of a special metal rod that is inserted into the inner cavity of the bone. The rod stabilises and reinforces the site of the fracture, thereby allowing the femur to heal firmly and quickly. Once the injury has healed the metal rod is either removed or left in place.

You will be required to use crutches after healing to prevent the leg from bearing any weight. The last phase of the treatment involves the application of physical therapy. The goal of the therapy is to restore the strength of the muscles in the leg and normalise motion range in the joints of the legs. The healing proces takes over a few months.



It has been reported that over 100% of femur fractures heal well in time and patients return to their normal activities after 6 months of rehabilitation or treatment. Elderly people who have weak bones tend to experience an increase in the frequency of fractures, which ranges from 1% to 15%.


Treatment of Tibia Fractures

The treatmet of tibia fracture depends on the location of the fracture and its severity. If the fracture is uncomplication i.e. if it is not near the ankle or knee, the doctor will treat the injury by immobolising the leg in a cast. Severe forms of the cancer are repaired with the help of a metal rod, plate, screws or wires.


Tibia shaft fractures have good prognosis. Fractures that are in close proximity to the knee are likely to heal faster than the ones that are near the ankle. It has been noted that fractures in children heal faster than those in adults.

Treatment of Fibula Fractures

Fibula fractures can be treated without the need for hospitalisation. Your doctor may ask you to apply ice to the injured area and recommend a few non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the swelling and ease the pain. If you experience a lot of pain on your injured leg or if the fracture is near the ankle, your doctor would apply a cast and recommend that you use crutches for the time being. Once the injury has healed, the doctor will recommend physical therapy program to restore the strength and function of the injured leg.


All the fractures of the fibula heal fast and do not have any complications.

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