Hip Fracture

A hip fracture is a break in the top of the thigh bone, also called the femur, or in the pelvis. Most hip fractures in children heal properly and in alignment when they are treated by an orthopedic specialist.


There are a number of reasons why hip fractures may occur. Some common ones include:

  • Trauma from a car crash, sports injury or fall

  • Low mineral content in bones

  • A genetic disorder that affects bone metabolism and muscle mass

  • Poor nutrition including calcium or vitamin D deficiencies


Common symptoms related to hip fractures are:

  • Swelling in the hip or groin

  • Inability to put weight on the affected side

  • Pain when walking or putting weight on the affected area

  • Bruising or deformed shape at the injured area

  • Limited or painful range of motion in the hip area


A hip fracture should be treated immediately. If you suspect your child has a fracture, visit our Urgent Care Center to ensure they are evaluated and treated by a doctor who specializes in children’s bones. To determine if your child has a fractured hip, our specialists will start with a physical exam, ask how your child got hurt and discuss your child’s medical history. In addition, your doctor will request an x-ray and may request an MRI or CT/CAT scan.


The goal of treatment for a hip fracture is to make your child as comfortable as possible and to restore the normal structure of the fractured area so that your child can return to an active lifestyle and grow normally. Treatment will depend on the type of fracture and exact location of the injury. Possible treatments your doctor may offer or recommend include:

  • Surgery to put the hip bones back into place

  • Pelvic casting to immobilize the area and allow for proper healing

After surgery or casting, your doctor may prescribe physical rehabilitation to strengthen the surrounding muscle and restore flexibility.

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Hip Disorders