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Hip Fractures

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What Are Hip Fractures?

A hip fracture is a break in one or more bones of the hip or pelvis.

In a growing child’s hips and pelvis, the most common place for a fracture is the attachment point. This is the place where the muscles attach to bone. In children, the attachment point is not fully formed yet, and so it is a weak point.

If a child moves his legs very suddenly and forcefully — for example, during a fall or while playing sports — the muscles that attach to the hip or pelvic bones can pull away and break the bone.

Fortunately, most hip fractures in children heal without a problem. Your child will have to give up some of regular physical activities for about six weeks. Some children may need surgery to repair a hip fracture.

Hip Fractures in Children

Any child can get a hip fracture, though they are rare in very young children. For children, hip and pelvic fractures usually happen during automobile accidents, or during snowboarding or bicycling accidents.

Hip Fractures at Seattle Children’s

Because the hips are the body’s connection to the legs, it is important to diagnose and treat injuries to them correctly. At Seattle Children’s, hip fractures make up about 10% of the total number of fractures we see each year.

We have a wide range of experience in treating children with all types of pelvic and hip injuries and fractures.

Many fractures that require surgery in adults can get better in children without surgery. Pediatric orthopedists have the experience to know when it is necessary to operate on a child’s fracture.

Our experience with these injuries enables us to choose the treatment that will lead to a good recovery with few complications.

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