Femur fractures are treated very differently based on how old the kid is and what the fracture looks like.
- Ages 5-years-old and younger: These fractures are often treated with a special type of cast, called a spica cast.
- The cast will stay on for 4-6 weeks.
- Sometimes, the cast may be adjusted in the office, called wedging, to improve alignment if needed.
- Some kids may be comfortable and try to walk with the cast on, others may return to walking a couple of weeks after it is removed. Both experiences are safe and normal.
- Ages 6-11: These fractures after often treated with techniques such as flexible nailing, casting or plates and screws.
- Ages 11 and older: These fractures after often treated with techniques such as rigid intra-medullary nailing.
Recovery from femur fractures, at any age: Walking with a limp and gradual return to full function is a common experience and will continue to improve!