Frequency of Shortening in Femur Shaft Fractures Treated by Hip Spica Casting in
1.1. Introduction: Femoral shaft fractures, typically caused by
blunt trauma, are the most common major pediatric injuries treated by the orthopedic surgeon. Seventy percent of femoral fractures
involve the shaft. Femoral shaft fractures reportedly occur at a rate
of approximately 20/100,000 children in the USA, representing
1.6% of all fractures in the pediatric population.