Brooke Shields Finally Explains How She ‘Snapped’ Her Femur in a ‘Freak Accident’

“This is really probably the biggest thing that I have to physically go through.”

  • Brooke Shields opened up about how she broke her femur in a “freak accident.”
  • The 55-year-old model and actress told Today that she “snappedher femur after falling off a balance board.
  • Earlier this week, Shields shared a video of her using crutches to walk in a hospital.

    Earlier this week, Brooke Shields revealed she broke her femur in a freak accident, and the 55-year-old model and actress finally shared the details of how the injury occurred in a new interview on Today with Hoda & Jenna.

    “I was on one of those balance boards that I have been doing every day,” she said. “It was just something that I like to do. I’ve done it on Instagram and I stupidly switched my focus and I flew up in the air and just hit perfectly and snapped my femur.”

    Your femur is another name for your thighbone. It’s the longest, strongest bone in your body, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). The long, straight part of your femur is called the femoral shaft. Any time there is a break along this part of your femur (which is rare because the bone is so strong), it’s called a femoral shaft fracture.

    On Monday, Shields broke the news of her injury to Instagram, along with a video that showed her using crutches to try to walk. “Beginning to mend. No matter what your challenge is, make a positive choice, for yourself, to move forward. #BeginningisNow,” Shields wrote in the caption.

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    The video shows the actress in a hospital gown and socks using crutches to slowly walk down what appears to be a hospital hallway. “There’s only 20 percent weight,” she said in the video, of her leg. “The goal is to bend your knee each time like, a little bit, just so you’re not dragging it or hitching up your hip.”

    A broken or fractured femur usually needs surgery called an open reduction internal fixation to correct it, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. During surgery, the doctor will used metal devices called internal fixators to hold your bones in place. Most of the time, a surgeon will insert a rod or large nail into the center of the bone to help support it until it heals. The surgeon might also put a plate next to the bone that’s attached by screws. Usually, the rods and plates that are used to help your bone heal won’t need to be removed with another surgery.

    Rehab from a femur break can take a long time—anywhere from four to six months, depending on how severe the fracture is and whether your nerves and blood vessels were damaged. And, unfortunately, this isn’t the only leg issue Shields has struggled with in the past few years: She also had a partial knee replacement in 2018. “I never thought I’d have knee problems, and I’ve got nothing but knee problems,” she told at the time. Before her surgery, Shields said her knee function got progressively worse over the years.

    Fortunately, Shields found a new appreciation for fitness after her partial knee replacement—and she looks pretty motivated to get walking again in the video. “I’m focusing on just recovery,” she told Today. “This is really probably the biggest thing that I have to physically go through, but what am I going to do about it?”

    Shields also told that she’s grateful for staying active prior to her injury. “I’m thankful that after this weird freak accident I was in good shape, because that’s really come to my aid at this time,” she says. “I'm glad I’ve been conscientious my whole life because I’m not behind the 8-ball now.”

    “Accidents happen,” she says, adding that she’s taking her recovery “one day at a time.”

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