Written by Andrew Sarski on February 8, 2011
Femur Fracture Side Effects
Typically, osteoporosis is treated with a type of bisphosphonate drug, believed to work by slowing the activity of the cells responsible for breaking down bone, thereby making bones stronger and decreasing the frequency of fractures. However, recent studies have indicated an alarming connection between these drugs and an even higher risk of bone deterioration. According to research, bisphosphonate medications may initially prevent bone loss, but long term use of these drugs may actually inhibit the bones’ ability to regenerate and repair itself, resulting in severely brittle bones that are even more prone to fracture. In fact, in a 2010 study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, researchers reviewed 310 cases of “atypical femur fracture.” It was discovered that 94% of these patients had taken a bisphosphonate medication, many for more than five years. Abnormal femur fractures in individuals who have taken these medications have occurred even during simple, everyday activities like walking, low-impact exercises and using the stairs.
Types and Treatment of Femur Fractures
Femur fractures are further classified in three different categories, depending on the location of the injury. Proximal fractures, also called hip fractures, involve the uppermost part of the thigh bone, adjacent to the hip joint. This type of injury is further divided into three types of fracture: hip fractures, femoral neck fractures and intertrochanteric femur fractures, each of which requires a different method of treatment. Femoral shaft fractures are characterized by a fracture in the shaft of the femur. This type of injury is typically treated with surgery in which a metal rod is inserted down the center of the thigh bone. This surgical procedure reconnects the two ends of the bone and the rod is secured with screws above and below the fracture. In most cases, the rod remains in the leg for the life of the patient. A supracondylar femur fracture is a fracture of the femur just above the knee joint and is most common in individuals with severe osteoporosis. This type of fracture is usually treated with a brace, plate, screws, or a rod inserted in the leg.
Femur Fracture Legal Help
Femur fractures can be an extremely painful and debilitating injury, often leading to further complications like arthritis and chronic pain in the future. Unfortunately, bisphosphonate medications, which happen to be the most popular form of treatment for osteoporosis, may actually cause the same condition that they are intended to prevent. Victims of femur fractures associated with the use of bisphosphonate medications should contact a defective drug lawyer for legal help, as they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Drug manufacturing companies are responsible for the safety of their medications as well as any injuries resulting from the use of their drugs. Unfortunately, some negligent pharmaceutical companies intentionally mislead the public in order to protect the reputation of their medications. If you or a loved one has suffered from a femur fracture and you believe pharmaceuticals to be the cause, you should consider how a defective drug lawsuit can benefit you. Defective drug attorneys are experienced in defective drug litigation and have the knowledge and skills necessary to help you develop a successful case against the pharmaceutical drug company responsible for your injuries.