A fracture is a break in the bone that occurs from either a fall, a direct blow or any other injury that may happen in children and adolescents. Fractures in children differ from those in adults due to the immature bone of the growing skeleton, as well as the presence of growth plates in children.
Depending on the nature of the fracture, as well as its location, your pediatric orthopaedic specialist may recommend a variety of treatments. Fortunately, in children, many fractures can be treated without an operation using just casts or splints. Some fractures require reductions or manipulations to realign the bone, and some fractures require surgical intervention to align or stabilize the fracture.
At MUSC Children's Health, our pediatric orthopaedic specialists have specific sub-specialized fellowship training in pediatric orthopaedics and understand the complex relationship between musculoskeletal injuries and the growing child or adolescent. Our goal is to make your child as comfortable as possible, provide the most comprehensive up to date pediatric specific fracture care and return your child/adolescent back to play or sports as soon as possible.
If your child has sustained a fracture, or you are concerned that they may have sustained one, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with one of our fellowship trained pediatric orthopaedic specialists at MUSC Children's Health.