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Fractures can occur in any bone of the body, causing pain, swelling, and immobility. Fractures can occur in children of all ages due to slip-and-fall incidents, car accidents, sports injuries, and any other traumatic impact. A fracture of any kind requires immediate medical attention to determine the extent of the injury and rule out the possibility of any other underlying problems, such as internal bleeding.

If you suspect…

your child may have a fracture or break, do not attempt to reset or straighten the bone yourself. Doing so could make the injury even worse. Instead, take steps to immobilize the affected limb using either a splint and bandage or a sling. Apply ice to the injury to control swelling and help manage pain until you are able to seek medical attention.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need acute fracture care?

The only way to know for sure if your child has a fractured bone is by getting an x-ray, MRI, bone scan, or some other diagnostic imaging test. However, there are some signs of fracture that signal the need for urgent care. They include visible deformity, pain that worsens under pressure, swelling, bruising, or loss of limb function.

What should I expect Dr. Marriott to do about my bone fracture?

Fracture treatment will depend on the extent of your injury and its location. To learn more, please call our office.

How long will it take the fracture to heal?

If your child has a cast, they will need to wear it for several weeks while the bone heals. Smaller bones heal faster than larger ones, and people with simple fractures have a shorter recovery than those with compound fractures. The amount of time it takes your child to make a complete recovery will also depend on their age. Children tend to heal faster than adults, taking only 4 weeks to recover from a simple fracture.

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