Most childhood fractures result from mild to moderate trauma that happens while at play or during sports.
With a fractured or broken bone, there may additionally be deformity,difficulty placing weight on the area and persistent bruising. Dr Kannan from Parkway East Hospital shares vital tips when dealing with fractures and sprains.
What should I do first if I suspect my child has fractured a bone?
Seek medical care immediately if your child displays any symptoms of a fracture. As soon as it happens, stabilise the injury by keeping the injured limb in the position you find it. Also, apply a cold compress wrapped in a cloth.
An orthopaedic specialist can make a diagnosis with a clinical examination and X-ray once your child is admitted to a hospital. Fortunately, at Parkway Hospital’s A&E department, there is a waiting time of no more than 30 minutes.
How are fractures in children treated?
A child’s growing bones are bendable and resilient. Children’s bones heal quickly and remodel very well after injury. Hence, almost 90 percent of kids’ fractures are treated in a cast splint to keep the fractures from moving. Stabilising the fracture allows the fracture to heal better. Sometimes, a fracture needs to be fixed surgically if it is displaced, rotated or a joint fracture. Most of the time, it is sufficient to surgically fix some wires to hold the bone in place and apply a cast. When a child is in a cast, he or she is still mobile and able to still attend school. An uncomplicated fracture heals within 3 to 4 weeks, a repeat X-Ray is taken after 6 weeks.
How are adult fractures treated?
In older patients, low-energy trauma may produce fractures as the bone is weaker as opposed to younger patients. Adult fractures are treated differently – they may require surgery if they are displaced or angulated. Simple fractures can be treated in a cast. More complicated fractures may need surgery to fix the fractures. This may be done with metallic plates and screws. Osteoporotic patients who are elderly or have low bone mass may need medication to build up the bone strength.
If your child is in pain and may be suffering from a bone fracture, visit the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department immediately. Parkway East Hospital’s A&E 24-hour clinic provides one-stop medical services at any time of the day. The average waiting time to see a doctor at its 24-hour A&E clinic is about 30 minutes.
Parkway East Hospital
321 Joo Chiat Pl, 427990
A&E 24-Hour hotline: 6340 8666.
WhatsApp Specialist appointment: 8111 3777
From The Finder Issue 296, January 2019
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