Bone Fractures In Children and Adolescents

Broken bones, or fractures, are a common childhood injury. But you can’t always tell if your child has one. We reduce the pain and stress that a broken bone can have on a child and family.

Our pediatric fracture clinic provides convenient care for all patients ages 18 and under. We offer a walk-in clinic Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. as well as same-day appointments Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. so your child can get on the road to recovery fast.

Our specially-trained, nationally-recognized pediatric orthopedic team considers all factors involved when treating broken bones in growing children and adolescents, to avoid problems as they grow.

The Fracture and Acute Injury Clinic at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is staffed by a multidisciplinary pediatric orthopaedics team with specialized training in dealing with infants, adolescents and teens. The clinic accepts walk in appointments for children with fractures and other acute injuries so. Dr. Jeffrey Cassidy, division chief, pediatric orthopaedics, Spectrum Health Medical Group, talks about the treatment offered.

Treatments we provide

  • X-Ray - Our onsite x-ray services allow us to quickly diagnose and treat each child’s injury.
  • Casting - We offer both waterproof and non-waterproof casts to keep the bone in place while it heals. Not all fractures can be treated with waterproof casts, so we work individually with each person to develop the best course of action. Your child can pick a color for their cast; many times we even do more than one color!
  • Splints and Braces - Some fractures may only require a splint or brace to allow the bone to heal. Our orthopedic experts will determine if this option will work in each patient.
  • Surgery - Depending on the type and location of the fracture, surgery may be needed. Surgery can range from reducing, or setting, the bone to holding the bone in place with pins, plates or screws.
  • Long-Term Follow Up - Children’s bones are special because they are growing. When a fracture involves the growth plate (the area of cells that helps bones grow), follow up may be needed to monitor growth. If any damage was done to the growth plate our orthopedic specialists can identify, and often correct, the problem, preventing any long-term difficulties.