Acetubular fractures are not as common as other known fractures; this particular one has to do with the top of the femur (thighbone) and the acetubulum (hipbone) otherwise referred to as the ball and socket. The result of sustaining an acetubular fracture is usually due to a very severe road accident or something of the same traumatic effect.
Acetubular fractures will cause you either some aggravating discomfort or an extremely severe amount of pain; it actually depends a lot on how the injury happened and whom it has happened. For a younger patient the acetubular fracture is more than likely an injury from a traumatic accident, therefore there would also be other injuries involved.
This would increase the amount of pain and may need a very thorough assessment. If the patient were elderly, a weakness in the bones called osteoporosis can cause an acetubular fracture as well. Research studies show that elderly women are affected by this more than men are, this can also affect a younger patient however it is less common.
The acetubular fracture happens when the cartilage is damaged this should be smooth to allow free movement with no pain or discomfort, when the cartilage in the joint becomes damaged it is usually bone debris that are causing the pain.
In this case, the need to have surgery to remove the bone debris would be required. Sometimes the ball and socket need to be realigned this will also call for surgery, however if it is only slightly unaligned then there is a good chance it will heal itself. The recovery period for acetubular fractures can take several months, for a speedy successful recovery the best thing to do is rest.
The less pressure and weight that is subjected to acetubular fractures the more chance it has for a fast healing process. The more you walk around and apply pressure the more you are risking further damage that could result in arthritis or even hip replacement surgery. If you think the pain is not that bad then try to assist the healing process by using a walking aid of some kind.
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