Childhood fractures occurs frequently. You must get many parents in your office asking for the best treatment to submit their child to and most of the times, trying to escape to the surgery part, but you have to understand that they are just worried.
When the surgery option is the only solution available, you have to calm down the parents. Mostly, you have to think about what you will be saying to the child and try to explain to them that with surgery, it will only improve their arm’s functionality and that everything will be okay if they follow the procedures that you will be asking them to follow.
Each child has their unique way to be supervised by the parents after their injury to ensure that all fractures heal and that no growth plate injury occurred at the time of initial fracture.
Potential complications of broken bones including incomplete healing, infection, or injury to the growth plate of the bone may need treatment after the injury.
The forearm experiences are about 40-50% of all childhood fractures. Falling with an outstretched arm can cause a fracture to one or both of the bones of the lower arm. “High energy, contact sports place youth at greater risk for forearm fractures,” warns Dr. Sedlis from Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics.
What parents can do to help their child, is trying to put the arm into the position of greatest comfort without any unnecessary movement.
Fractures near wrist generally have rapid healing and injuries near middle of forearm may take longer to heal and have higher chance of re-fracture. The child needs to be careful because of the bones that are still weak after getting out of the cast. You may recommend that they stop doing sports for 4 to 6 weeks afterwards, to prevent the bone from re-breaking.
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