During your child’s development, they may incur playful injuries ranging from a mild graze to bone fractures.
If your child is to suffer from a bone fracture, it is important that you take them to the appropriate specialist at Night Lite Pediatrics to seek treatment. This is crucial to help repair the bone and restore it back to its original function.
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What Is a Fracture/Sprain?
A fracture is a break in the bone. A cast or splint is used to protect and keep the injured bone from moving. The length of the time the cast or splint will be on depends on how much time is needed for the bone to heal.
A sprain is a torn or damaged ligament or soft tissue. Depending upon how bad the injury is, the treatment can vary.
Both may require 6-8 weeks to heal completely. You must be extra careful not to re-injure the area during this period.
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Night Lite Pediatrics works with most major insurance plans, such as Medicaid and many commercial HMO and PPO plans.
What Are The Typical Symptoms Of A Fracture?
Most fractures are accompanied by intense pain and crying by your child. The pain gets worse with movement or if the injured area is touched.
Other symptoms include:
- A snap or breaking noise on impact
- Swelling, redness, or inflammation to the area
- Unable to bear weight
- Visible bone or deformity
How Do We Confirm a Fracture?
If you suspect that your child has a fracture or broken bone, we urge you to seek medical attention immediately by bringing your child into one of our urgent care centers.
All of our Night Lite Pediatric Urgent Care centers are equipped with state-of-the-art X-ray machines which help us determine the severity of pediatric bone fractures. Using special imaging techniques, we can have a look at the degree of the fracture and provide excellent care.
Treatment Of Pediatric Fractures
If we diagnose your child with a fracture, we will advise a treatment plan suited to the location and nature of your child’s fracture. If the fracture is more severe, we may refer you to a pediatric specialist
For smaller fractures, we here at Night Lite Pediatrics can treat your child directly in our clinic and provide a comforting atmosphere. Your pediatrician will also prescribe a course of actions to help provide comfort to your child throughout their recovery.
When to Call your Pediatrician or Return to Night Lite Pediatrics:
- The splint/cast gets damaged or breaks
- There is continued severe pain or more swelling than before the splint/cast was put on.
- There is numbness or tingling in your child’s toes or finger tips.
- The skin color below the cast/splint is grey or blue in color.
Below you can find some of the most common questions and concerns parents may have regarding pediatric bone fractures:
Unfortunately, you can’t prevent all fractures.
All fractures heal differently depending on the location and nature of the fracture.
The most common types of fractures that children suffer from are greenstick fractures.
If the area of injury incurs any swelling, inflammation, redness, or is painful to touch, then your child may be suffering from a hairline fracture.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.
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