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How is a acetabular fracture diagnosed?

How is a acetabular fracture diagnosed?

X-rays of acetabular fractures are taken from a number of different angles to show the pattern of the fracture and how out of place the bones are (displacement). Computed tomography (CT) scans. Because of the complex anatomy of the pelvis, a CT scan is commonly ordered for acetabular fractures.

How long does it take for an acetabular fracture to heal without surgery?

Depending on health and injury pattern this bone can take 3-4 months to heal without surgery. Physical therapy for hip and knee range of motion is started around 6 weeks once bone has healed enough to prevent displacement with motion.

How does an acetabular fracture happen?

Acetabular fractures are usually caused by either high-energy trauma, most commonly from an automobile accident, or from what is called an insufficiency fracture. An insufficiency fracture is most common in older patients and is caused by the bone being weakened by osteoporosis.

What are the most common types of acetabulum fractures?

Characteristics of elemental fracture types Posterior wall. Elementary posterior wall fractures are the most common acetabular fractures and account for approximately 24% of acetabular fractures. Posterior column. Isolated posterior column fractures are rare (2.4-3.2% of acetabular fractures [Matta, Letournel]) and are usually associated with a posterior dislocation of the hip. Anterior wall.

Is fracture of the femur the same as fracture of the hip?

A femur fracture is a break, crack, or crush injury of the thigh bone. It is sometimes referred to as a “hip fracture”; or “broken hip” if the break is in the upper part of the bone near the hip-joint area. Femur fractures that are simple, short cracks in the bone usually do not require surgery.

What is an acetabular fracture of the hip?

An acetabular fracture is a break in the socket portion of the “ball-and-socket” hip joint . These hip socket fractures are not common – they occur much less frequently than fractures of the upper femur or femoral head (the “ball” portion of the joint). Acetabular Fractures – OrthoInfo – AAOS

What joint is formed by the acetabulum and femur?

The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint formed by the head of the femur and the acetabulum of the pelvis. The hip joint is the most stable joint in the body and is supported by a very strong capsule and several ligaments, allowing the joint to sustain forces that can be multiple times the total body weight.