At Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists, it’s important that your child sees a pediatric orthopedic physician who specializes in children and understands a child’s growth plates when casting or performing surgery on growing bones.
If you suspect your child has a broken bone, it’s important to see a pediatric orthopedic physician right away to assess the timing of the treatment.
Did you know the terms “fracture” and “break” mean the same thing? A fracture is a break in any bone in the body, and there are many different types of fractures. If you suspect your child has a fractured or broken bone, it is important to see a pediatric orthopedic physician soon after the injury. It’s not a good idea to wait until the child grows to correct the fracture as a small surgery might turn into a big one. We often see patients who received broken bones from participating in the following activities, so exercise additional caution when letting kids participate in these activities:
It’s no surprise that sports injuries are among the most common pediatric orthopedic injuries. But how do those accidents most often happen?
How Can I Tell if My Child Has a Broken Bone?
“If you feel your child may have a broken bone, be sure to bring him or her to Medical City Children’s Orthopedic and Spine Specialists so one of our pediatric orthopedic specialists can provide a diagnosis. It’s often hard to diagnose a broken bone without an X-ray and a medical exam.” Shyam Kishan, MD
Children who exhibit any of the following symptoms may indicate a broken bone or fracture and should be seen right away:
Here are some ways to lower a child’s risk for broken bones and other injuries. Make sure your child:
Protect your little athlete by making sure he or she knows how to play the game, is properly supervised by qualified adults who know CPR, and is outfitted with the proper equipment and safety gear.
A bone can fracture in several different ways; for example, a break to the bone that does not damage surrounding tissue or tear through the skin is known as a closed fracture. One that damages surrounding skin and penetrates the skin is known as a compound fracture or an open fracture. Compound fractures are generally more serious than simple fractures, because they can get infected. Most human bones are surprisingly strong and can generally stand up to fairly strong impacts or forces. However, if that force is too powerful, or there is something wrong with the bone, it can fracture. Because children’s bones are more elastic, when they do have fractures they tend to be different. Children also have growth plates at the end of their bones – areas of growing bone – which may sometimes be damaged. Therefore, it is important for children to see an orthopedic surgeon who is also a pediatric physician when they experience a fractured bone.
Our compassionate team of medical professionals will sit down with you and your child to carry out a physical examination to make a diagnosis. The physician will often order an x-ray with our low radiation Xrays. If your child needs surgery or casting, we can schedule you for that day or the very next morning. There’s no sitting in waiting rooms. We make sure you are seen right away.
Call 214-556-0590 to make an appointment.
Fracture services for children from birth through adolescence at three convenient locations: Dallas, Frisco and McKinney.