FRACTURE OF THE FEMUR, TIBIA, PELVIS OR ONE OF MORE OF THE TARSAL BONES
Lower limb fractures are fairly common and are associated with a longer hospital stay. Understanding the lower limb fractures, its causes and management are important to help the individual handle his situation.
The bones that are commonly fractured are the femur, tibia, pelvis or one or more of the tarsal bones.
The femur is the bones located on our thighs. It is the longest and strongest bone of the body. It forms some part of the hips and the other end, some parts of the knee. The femur has a heavy vascular supply that any fracture to the bone that will cause pain, swelling and bleeding can be life-threatening. The common sites of fractures are usually seen in the neck and the shaft of the femur.
Due to osteoporosis in the elderly, fractures in the neck of the femur are common. When the patient slips and falls, the rotational force will cause the bone to fracture. By strapping the affected limb to the unaffected side it will give more support to the fractured limb.
Tibia is the larger bone located just below the knees. Fracture of the tibia can occur if there is direct or indirect trauma. Using a padded splint, the affected area can be immobilized to prevent further damage.
The clusters of bones in the foot are called tarsi. The tarsi bones provide stability, are shock absorbers, carry weight and help in movement. The common cause of bone fractures in the foot can occur from a fall, crash injuries or rotational force.
A fracture of the pelvis can be a bit life-threatening. Because the pelvis cradles almost all internal organs, a fracture might cause internal bleeding that can be seen by naked eyes.
If you think you are suffering from Fracture of the Femur, Tibia, Pelvis of One of the Tarsal you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Fracture of the Femur, Tibia, Pelvis of One of the Tarsal as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).