Fractures (broken bones) can be very common in children. Their bones are softer and not as fully formed as adults. As a result, there are a number of different types of fracture a child may have. Our paediatric orthopaedics can identify your child’s injury and treat them accordingly.

Symptoms your child may show if they have fractured a bone include:

  • if a limb, wrist or finger is clearly not in normal alignment
  • severe bruising/swelling around possible fracture area
  • ongoing pain in the above areas

Buckle fracture – The bone bends slightly rather than a full break
Greenstick fracture– The bone breaks on one side only
Avulsion fracture– Chipped bone pulled away by a tendon or ligament
Growth plate– Fractures that take place wherever one bone joins another
Spiral fracture– An injury that occurs from twisting limbs

Your child’s consultant will discuss their symptoms with you to help make a diagnosis. They will firstly carry out a physical examination. An X-ray will then help determine whether or not a fracture has taken place.

Your child’s consultant will discuss their treatment options with you.

Closed reduction; a non-surgical procedure to reset the bone.
For a finger fracture, after closed reduction a temporary splint or ‘buddy’ can then hold the bone in place.
After closed reduction for a fracture of the arm or wrist, a plaster cast will protect and help the injury heal.

In some cases surgery may be required. This is known as internal fixation. The use of pins, screws or a metal plate might be inserted to keep the bone in place whilst it heals.

For more information on foot and ankle problems in children or to discuss your child’s symptoms, please do not hesitate to get in touch via our appointments page.


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