A broken bone is not new to children considering how active they are. Growing children are prone to growth plate fractures, an injury that can affect the growth and development of the child’s bone; thereby, affecting the length of the limb. Some broken bones will not heal at all while some won’t heal properly. It is, therefore, important to undergo proper treatment to prevent a child’s bone from being permanently deformed
Children’s bones are different from adults’ because they have growth plates. Moreover, the growth plates are areas of growing tissue found near the end of the bones. Also, they allow the bone to grow. As a result, childhood fractures require specialized treatment. For example, the Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists provide advanced and specialized care at their Fracture Clinics in diagnosing and treating all forms of pediatric fractures, including the fractures that involve the growth plate.
Pediatric Fracture Clinic: Why Choose Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists?
At Medical City Children’s Orthopedics and Spine Specialists, we treat all types of fractures in children. At our fracture clinic, your child will get:
Severe fractures can cause serious damage to the surrounding ligaments, bones, and joints. This may require urgent surgery. Fractures that involve the growth plate also need specialized care. To help these fractures heal properly, we will see your child regularly for several years after undergoing treatment.
Our fracture clinic has advanced and cutting-edge tools for diagnosing fractures in children. Also, we may evaluate some broken bones with our EOS low-radiation imaging system to minimize the amount of radiation that the child is exposed to.
Easy access to treatment and medical equipment
Our representatives from medical device firms are always on-site to work with the doctors to fit the medical equipment that your child needs; which includes crutches, braces, boots, and other equipment. Furthermore, our physicians and surgeons will ensure that your child obtains the treatment needed.
Daily living therapy
Our highly trained occupational therapists will help the child to master daily tasks while the fracture heals. In addition, they will teach the child skills such as dressing and taking a bath while wearing a cast.
Expert and convenient care
Our orthopedic physicians who are specialized in the growth plate and sports-related injuries will diagnose your child’s condition and provide the appropriate treatment.
Due to the kind of attention that pediatric fractures require, our specialists streamline fracture care for our patients’ ease. During our fracture clinic hours, our orthopedic specialists will treat fracture injuries. Meanwhile, the cast technicians, imaging experts, and support staff will focus on managing your child’s fracture in a prioritized and focused environment. This helps to ensure that your child is properly treated and that healing begins quickly.
When a fracture happens, our fracture clinic provides swift access to specialized and effective care
Here at Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists, our specialists work to study and treat every child very quickly. Our orthopedic specialists are familiar with the unique build of every child and also know the right treatment that will reduce future issues with the bone. In most cases, we can schedule a child’s orthopedic surgery within the same week, if our surgeon believes surgery is necessary.
Our fracture clinic’s broken bone casting room is modern, up to date, and has all the latest technologies for children that need a cast. Yet the room is a fun-filled environment that distracts the children from their injuries and puts them at ease. When we need to remove a cast, we will make the children comfortable by distracting them from the saw’s sound.
Other procedures that we perform at our fracture clinic include suture and staple removal, pin removal, splinting, bone setting, and realignment.
Conditions We Treat at the Fracture Clinic
We treat all types of fractures in our fracture clinic. The conditions we treat include:
- Ankle fractures
- Hip (and hip socket) fractures
- Upper limb fractures
- Lower limb fractures
- Stress fractures
- Traumatic fractures
- Closed fractures
- Broken bones that will not heal (nonunions)
- Broken bones that heal in the wrong position (malunion)
- Growth plate fractures
- Bone infections
The first step we take in approaching your child’s condition is to gather information about the child’s medical history and to understand how the injury occurred. Then our orthopedic surgeons will then carry out a detailed examination to find:
- Swelling and tenderness
- Tears and other forms of opening in the skin
- The deformed appearance of the injured spot
If we suspect that the child has a broken bone, we will conduct additional tests that often require the use of the following:
- X-rays: This is the commonest way to evaluate fractures. The equipment will take a picture of the child’s bones to reveal if there is a broken bone or not.
- Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): These are not required for basic fractures.
Providing a Series of Non-Surgical Treatments
Our pediatric orthopedic doctors will ensure the bones of your child heal properly and are in the right position. In some cases, this may require manipulation. Then our doctors will perform a closed reduction by putting the pieces of the fractured bone back together. Upon healing, this will enable the break to grow back as a single bone. In addition, we will also immobilize the bone with the help of a cast.
Safe and Effective Surgery When the Need Arises
For severe injuries, the doctor may recommend surgery. If surgery is required, we will give your child anesthesia for him or her to sleep during the surgery so that they will not feel anything. Additionally, the surgical procedure may involve inserting metal pins in the bone so that it can maintain a good position while it heals
Fracture Clinic Locations
Every Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists location has one thing in common; they provide patient-focused and family-centered care in a multidisciplinary approach. Our focus is to provide exceptional pediatric fracture care while ensuring that children are respected and safe.
We offer our pediatric orthopedic services in 4 locations; Dallas, Arlington, Frisco, and McKinney.
Experienced Orthopedic Surgeons
The experts at Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists are always available to provide excellent care for orthopedic traumas while having the needs of the growing kids in mind. Also, our orthopedic surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained.
Our recognized pediatric orthopedic specialists use cutting-edge techniques to treat pediatric fractures. Furthermore, they also provide specialized and comprehensive care for kids with complex injuries.
Since children and teenagers are not small adults, they must have quick access to pediatric orthopedic specialists that specialize in caring for growing bones. At Medical City Children’s Orthopedics and Spine Specialists, we offer comprehensive pediatric care under one roof, including cutting-edge X-ray services.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Fractures
Why do children’s fractures require urgent treatment?
Growth plates (which are located near the ends of long bones) regulate and determine the shape a bone will take in adulthood. They are soft and also prone to break. Also, they heal quickly, and that gives us a short duration to carry out minor, non-surgical manipulations to properly align fractured bones. A growth plate fracture needs a skilled doctor’s attention within a week of sustaining the injury. Anything after this normally requires surgery to prevent a permanent deformity
What are the main causes of growth plate fractures?
About one-third of growth plate injuries occur while a child is involved in competitive sports like basketball, football, or gymnastics. Wrists, arms, and elbows can also get broken by monkey bars, snowboards, skateboards, and rollerskates.
What should I do if my child has a broken bone?
If you notice any deformity in your child or if he or she has lots of swelling and pain, get in touch with one of our pediatric orthopedic doctors. By seeing one of our expert children’s orthopedic doctors, you will potentially avoid a life-long deformity.
What is a cast made of, and what is the function of a cast?
We have two types of casts. One type is made of hard plaster while the other type is made of fiberglass shell. Both types help in preventing the movement of broken bones. Casts also allow the bone to heal properly. The type of injury sustained will determine how long the cast will remain on a child.
What should I expect at your fracture clinic?
After you check in, you and your child will come to our clinical space where one of our registered nurses will take vital signs. If there is a need to take X-rays, they will take place on-site. One of our physicians will also carry out an examination and will review the images of the X-rays with you.
If we need to apply a cast, our cast technician will apply it. When a splint or brace is needed, our registered nurse will apply it and also schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor the fracture as it heals.
Get in Touch With Us for Specialty Care for Pediatric fractures
Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists’ fracture clinic streamlines the broken bone evaluation and treatment process. We offer exceptional care under a single roof. Our pediatric orthopedic surgeons are dedicated to providing care in a comfortable and caring environment.
Finally, to see one of our expert Pediatric Orthopedic doctors, just check our schedule and come to one of our Fracture Clinics. No appointment is necessary and it’s important that a doctor see your child as quickly as possible. For questions please call us at 214-556-0590.