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Bone, Joint and Muscle Conditions

Hip Fractures


Symptoms of Hip Fractures

Signs that your child's hip may be broken include:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling, bruising or bleeding
  • Limb or joint looks out of place or the wrong shape
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Unable to move the hip

Hip Fractures Diagnosis

If your child has a mild injury around the hip or pelvis, the pain usually goes away after a few days. If the pain does not go away, your child should be evaluated by an orthopedist, and probably should have X-rays.

If your child has severe pain or pain that prevents them from taking part in their usual activities, your child's doctor will take X-rays to look for fractures.

If the doctor does not see an injury on the X-rays, they may ask your child to have a bone scan to see if they can find a subtle fracture.

The doctor will also look for other problems that can cause pain such as:

Some problems that can cause pain can become serious if they are not found and treated early.

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