Femoral Condyle Fractures Treatment

Femoral Condyle Fractures are a painful condition which can result from trauma injuries to the thigh bone and/or knee.

At Vitalis Physiotherapy, our treatment of femoral condyle fractures aims to:

What are Femoral Condyle Fractures?

The knee comprises of the thigh bone (femur), the kneecap (patella) and the shin bone (tibia) joining together. The femoral condyles are on the ball-shaped end of the femur which meet at the knee joint. Each leg has two condyles, one medial (to the inner side of the knee) and one lateral (to the outer side of the knee). Thus, fractures to this structure are either a medial femoral condyle fracture or a lateral femoral condyle fracture.

Fractures can also be mild (e.g., hairline fracture) or severe (broken into 2 or more fragments, pierced through skin, etc)

Fractures and other serious injuries to the knee can result in damage to nearby nerves, blood vessels and other musculoskeletal structures, causing chronic pain or permanent injury.

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What are the causes?

The cause of medial and lateral femoral condyle fractures are mostly due to traumatic injuries, such as falling or jumping and landing from a great height. The force of this event may even fracture other bones within the knee or legs.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain – can be sudden/severe
    • Referred pain felt up the thigh
    • Pain while walking/bending leg/standing
  • Stiffness/inability to move the knee joint
  • Tenderness/painful to touch
  • Reduced or no range of movement
  • Inability/extreme difficulty to weight bear on the knee/leg
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Instability – feels like the joint is slipping out of place
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Treatment for Femoral Condyle Fractures

If you have fractured your femoral condyles, it is important to seek out immediate medical treatment. You will likely be referred for CT, X-ray or MRI scans to determine the extent of the injury. Surgical intervention may be recommended as a method of treatment – whether that be the insertion of pins to stabilise the joint, to a complete knee replacement.

 

Physical therapy is also highly beneficial in rehabilitating the structures around the knee after a fracture to increase range of movement and strength. At Vitalis Physiotherapy, we tailor a unique treatment plan to aid in your recovery through:

  • Stretching, strengthening and/or conditioning exercises
  • Restoring range of movement
  • Postural improvement
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Soft tissue release (massage)
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Taping
  • A unique home exercise program
  • Graded Exposure to load program

Your physiotherapist may also advise heat or ice application, rest and if necessary, pain medication. Additionally, they might recommend for you to use supportive braces or belts.

How to book an appointment?

If you are recovering from fractured femoral condyle, our physios at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess your condition to tailor a unique rehabilitation plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.

All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.

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Are you recovering from a fractured femoral condyle? Contact Vitalis Physiotherapy now to book in your treatment.

Call our friendly team on 0410 559 856. We’d love to help.

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