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Welcome to the Ahmanson Foundation Fracture Center at OIC

Expert care for pediatric fractures

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.

Award-Winning Care for Pediatric Fractures

Our specialists are as adept at monitoring injuries as they are at diagnosing trauma. Using the latest medical technology and a premium rehabilitation center, we help children recover from all types of fractures using a specialized treatment approach that includes:

  • Making sure the broken bone is properly aligned as it heals
  • Keeping your child comfortable during the healing process
  • Returning joints to their full range of motion
  • Helping your child return to school, sports and normal life as soon as possible

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.

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Why a Pediatric Orthopedist is Critical

One study of children treated for fractures at emergency rooms or non-specialty urgent care centers found that 93% of splints were placed improperly.¹ This is just one example that shows why it’s so important to have your child’s fracture treated by a pediatric orthopedic specialist.

When children with fractures are treated by doctors in emergency rooms designed for adults, there is always a risk of an incorrect diagnosis or treatment that can lead to issues such as:

  • A slower recovery
  • Bones that don’t heal correctly
  • Chronic pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Damaged growth plates

If your child has a broken bone, don’t take chances. See the specialists at OIC’s Fracture Center for expert treatment ASAP. Or, if your child was first seen somewhere else, let us review their diagnosis and treatment plan to make any adjustments that could optimize the healing process.

A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Fractures

“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. That’s why it’s important to have your child seen by an expert who specializes in treating pediatric fractures.

A Few Things to Know about Your Child’s Fracture

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:

  • Pain should lessen every day
  • Pediatric fractures tend to heal quickly

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.

Our Fracture Experts

At OIC, we take a collaborative approach to diagnosing and treating fractures. Our team of experts are led by the following specialists:

Other members of the team

  • Registered Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Radiologic Technologists
  • Cast Technicians
  • Medical Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners

Urgent Care You Can Count On

If your child has a broken bone, don’t take chances. See the specialists at OIC’s Urgent Care Center for expert treatment ASAP. Or, if your child was first seen somewhere else, let us review their diagnosis and treatment plan to make any adjustments that could optimize the healing process.

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PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC URGENT CARE

Open daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Walk-ins welcome. No appointment necessary.

 

Conveniently located in downtown Los Angeles
403 West Adams Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 742-1162

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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.