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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Whether your child's broken leg is serious or routine, Boston Children's Hospital orthopedic experts will provide comprehensive treatment.
Because children's bones heal more quickly than those of adults, they need prompt medical attention to ensure they heal correctly. With treatment, most kids recover completely and regain full use of their leg—sometimes in a matter of weeks with casting.
Treatment for a broken leg depends on the location, complexity and severity of your child's break as well as his age and overall health.
To restore your child's use of his broken leg, his doctor may recommend some combination of these treatments:
Some common types of casting include:
Thigh fractures also used to hold the hip or thigh muscles and tendons in place after surgery to allow healing
Thigh fractures; also used to hold the hip or thigh muscles and tendons in place after surgery to allow healing.
Pelvis, hip, or thigh fractures; also used to hold the hip or thigh muscles and tendons in place after surgery to allow healing
Healing time depends on the child's age and the type of fracture. In general, healing time for a broken leg is about three to six weeks.
While you can't prevent your child from breaking a bone, you can help minimize the risk by taking simple precautions:
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