Conditions + Treatments

Hip Fracture

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We treat children's hips from birth through childhood, adolescence and young adulthood. Our decades of experience following our patients into adulthood have taught us that kids' hip problems affect adult hip problems. Our goal is to do everything possible for our patients so that the hip will do fine for a lifetime.

Michael B. Millis, MD, professor of orthopedic surgery, Boston Children's Hospital

If your child or teen has broken his hip, it causes disruption and stress—for your child and the whole family. You’ll have concerns and questions about your child’s pain, treatment, length of recovery, growth plates and many other issues. It may comfort you to know that Boston Children's Hospital is a world leader in orthopedic pediatrics. We specialize in innovative, family-centered care that supports you every step of the way.

Hip Fracture

What is a hip fracture?

A hip fracture is a partial or complete break in any of the three bones of the pelvis that make up the hip: the illium (upper part), the ischium (lower part) or the central pubis that joins the ischium on either side. Fractures can also occur where the thigh bone (femur) angles into the hip socket (proximal femur fracture), or in the socket (acetabulum) where the thigh bone rotates. Hip fractures are common in the elderly, and rare in children because a child's bones are designed to absorb more force.

Hip fractures in teens are commonly due to sports injuries. When a hip is fractured, other structures housed by the pelvic bones can get injured, too. These can include:

•   the lower portion of the intestines and rectum
•   the urinary bladder and the reproductive organs

Boston Children's approach to hip fractures

While it’s relatively rare for children to have hip fractures, it does happen. And there are important differences in the growing bodies of children, adolescents and young adults that can make individual treatment tricky. Boston Children's experts provide diagnostics and treatments that are tailored to the special needs of young patients from different age groups.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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