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Programs & Services

Fracture Clinic

Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age and general health, as well as how severe the condition.

An open fracture is an emergency. This is when the bone breaks through the skin. Or when the skin has a deep wound that exposes the bone. Call 911 to get medical care right away.

The goal of treatment is to control the pain, help the bone heal and prevent complications so your child can use the fractured area again normally. Treatment may include:

  • A splint or cast which keeps the broken bone in place while it heals.
  • Certain medicines which can ease pain.
  • Traction, which gently stretches the muscles and tendons around the broken bone to allow the bone ends to align and heal. It uses pulleys, strings, weights and a metal frame attached over or on the bed.
  • Surgery, which may be necessary to put certain types of broken bones back into place. Sometimes the surgeon puts metal rods or pins inside the bone or outside the body to hold the bone pieces in place. This helps them heal in the correct position.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We are ready to help.

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