Supracondylar Femoral Fracture

A supracondylar femoral fracture, also known as a distal fracture, is a break in the thigh bone at the knee joint. Fractures range from a simple small crack to a full break where the bone separates. Supracondylar femoral fractures can also go further into the knee joint, damaging cartilage and increasing the risk of arthritis in the knee.


Because the femur is one of the strongest and largest bones in the body, serious force from car accidents or big falls is the most common factor in supracondylar femoral fractures. It can also occur in patients who have had knee replacement surgery or have osteoporosis. These types of fractures are typically more severe in elderly patients with brittle bones because the bone is more likely to break into many pieces.


Pain and inability to put weight on the leg are the most likely symptoms of a supracondylar femoral fracture. Bruising, swelling, tenderness, and a popping sensation are also common.


Physicians will thoroughly examine the leg and knee to determine if a supracondylar femoral fracture has occurred. Symptoms and medical history will also be assessed. X-rays and other imaging technology may also be used to diagnose the fracture and rule out any other injuries.


Supracondylar femoral fractures usually require surgery due to the severity of the injury. Rest, anti-inflammatory medications, casts or braces, and physical therapy may be used in some minor fractures.

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