Bone Fractures in Children and Adolescents
Broken bones, or fractures, are a common childhood injury. Special factors must be considered when treating fractures in children and adolescents to avoid problems as they grow. Our specially-trained pediatric orthopedic team considers all factors involved when treating broken bones in growing children and adolescents. We offer a walk-in fracture clinic every Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. as well as same day appointments so you can get on the road to recovery fast.
Treatments for Bone Fractures in Children and Adolescents
Our pediatric orthopedic team reduces the pain and stress that a broken bone can have on a child and family. We use the latest techniques and technologies to manage fractures in children of all ages. Our fracture clinic provides convenient, walk-in care from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays as well as same day appointments Monday to Friday for all patients ages 18 and under. Call 616.267.2600 for an appointment.
Our onsite x-ray services allow us to quickly diagnose and treat each child’s injury.
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; 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.
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.