Frequency of Shortening in Femur Shaft Fractures Treated by Hip Spica Casting in Children

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.