Broken Leg Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on January 26, 2020

Call 911 if:

  • You think a thighbone is broken. The thighbone (or femur) extends from the hip to the knee.
  • A bone has punctured the skin.

For other breaks:

1. Reduce Swelling and Avoid Further Injury

  • Keep the injured leg as still as possible. Do not let the person bear any weight on the leg.
  • Apply ice.
  • Keep the leg raised with pillows or cushions.

2. Seek Medical Care Immediately

  • If you think a thighbone is broken or you are unable to move the person, call 911 and have the person taken to the hospital.

3. Follow Up

Treatment will depend on the nature of the injury.

  • A health care provider will examine the person's leg and likely do an X-ray.
  • The bone may be realigned and a splint, cast, or brace put on.
  • Surgery may be needed.