When a bone breaks it is called a fracture. See this section for information about different types of fractures and their treatments. There is also information about Perthes disease - a disease of the hip joint.
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The treatment your child needs will depend on the type of fracture. Each child is different and some may heal more quickly or more slowly than others.
Perthes is a disease of the hip joint. We do not know why Perthes disease occurs.
Plasters (also called casts or plaster casts) and splints allow the broken bone time to rest and heal.
Plasters (also called casts or plaster casts) and splints allow the fracture time to rest and heal.
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