Broken bones are quite common in childhood. While you can’t protect your child from every fracture, you can make sure they get the right medical care. The new Ahmanson Foundation Fracture Center at OIC is one of the largest pediatric orthopedic fracture centers in the nation. Our team of pediatric orthopedic specialists is renowned for providing the expert care children need to heal and keep growing normally, without disruption.
Using the latest medical technology and a premium rehabilitation center, our specialists help children recover from all types of fractures using a specialized treatment approach that includes:
To ensure your child receives optimal care, our specialists leverage our new Harbison Radiology department with 3 state-of-the-art diagnostic X-ray machines and a portable X-ray machine.
Additionally, the new pediatric orthopedic rehabilitation center includes a kids corner, creating an environment that motivates the youngest patients (ages 0-4) to move, develop coordination and grow. The center includes new equipment that strengthen a child’s extremities using eccentrically controlled movement and a new Alter G machine first designed for NASA that enables gravity-eliminated walking and running activities to return your child to activities earlier in their rehabilitation.
“Fracture” is another way of saying “broken bone.” When a child experiences a fracture, it’s different than when an adult breaks the same bone.
In pediatric fractures, areas of cartilage called “growth plates” can be damaged. If the fracture isn’t properly treated, damage to the growth plates can cause the bones to grow unevenly or not grow at all. That’s why it’s important to have your child seen by an expert who specializes in treating pediatric fractures.
Fractures aren’t just painful for kids, they can be discouraging. Having to miss out on sports or other fun activities while they’re healing can leave a child feeling isolated and sad. Here are some facts about fractures that are good to know.
1. Your Child Is in Good Company
Fractures are common in childhood. About 1 in 3 otherwise healthy children suffers a bone fracture.2 With correct treatment, most kids don’t require surgery and can heal quickly.
2. The Biggest Cause is Hands Down…
Kids putting their hands down to break a fall is one of the most common reasons why most pediatric fractures are in the wrist, fingers and forearm.
3. Looking on the Bright Side
Most childhood fractures don’t require surgery. Reasons to help you stay positive are:
4. Children Have an Advantage
Young bones are softer and more flexible than adult bones, which means they absorb shock better. A child’s fracture might not be as severe as an adult’s would be.
5. Take a Timeout
Pediatric fractures need time to rest and heal. Even after your child is out of their cast, they still might need to reduce their activities. But with enough rest, the bone will have time to get back into top shape.
Get more detail on some of the common fractures that occur with children:
As LA’s experts at treating broken bones in children, our care begins with diagnosis and spans the entire recovery process. This includes:
There are many different causes. Here are some of the most common:
Besides pain at the injury site, signs that your child might have a fracture include:
Many childhood injuries are minor and can be treated at home. However, if you believe your child may have a fracture, you should see a specialist as soon as possible to get properly diagnosed.
Here are the first steps to take after your child has been injured, and what you can expect when you arrive at the Ahmanson Foundation Fracture Center at OIC.
The sooner treatment begins, the better the chances are your child will be able to use their limb the way they did before injury. If you have a hunch that your child has a fracture, don’t assume it’ll get better with time or that you can treat it at home. Get medical care immediately. If your child is experiencing any of the common fracture signs and symptoms, take them to OIC’s Pediatric Orthopedic Urgent Care Center. Emergency rooms, primary care physicians, and even pediatricians aren’t always well-prepared to diagnose and treat pediatric orthopedic injuries.
Our specialists are dedicated to pediatric orthopedics. We’ll be able to support you and your child throughout the entire course of treatment—from diagnosis to their return to sports, school and everything else.
Here’s what you and your child can expect when being seen for a suspected fracture:
Your child’s treatment plan will have three main goals:
Without the right treatment, there’s a chance your child could lose range of motion, develop arthritis, chronic pain or develop a permanent deformity or disability.
Here’s what to expect during treatment to ensure optimal recovery:
Here are some of the factors that affect the time it takes a fracture to heal:
At OIC, we take a collaborative approach to diagnosing and treating fractures. Our team of experts are led by the following specialists:
From bringing the right paperwork to driving directions, find out what you need to know for your visit.
¹Joshua M. Abzug, MD, Aaron Johnson, MD, MS and Brandon S. Schwartz, MPH, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (2014), Inappropriate Splint Application for Pediatric Fractures in the Emergency Department and Urgent Care Environment. AAP Experience National Conference and Exhibition.
2“Childhood fractures may indicate bone-density problems.” Science Daily, www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140107170602.htm. Accessed 17 April 2020.