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If you believe your child needs immediate attention and you have concerns for a life-threatening emergency, call 911. Not sure what counts as urgent and what's an emergency when your child is sick or injured? When it can't wait, know where to take your kids.
Broken bones (also called fractures) are very common in children. They can occur anywhere from a simple fall on the playground to more serious accidents. Sports are also a common cause of fractures in kids and teenagers.
Any injury where there is a concern for fracture should be immediately seen by a doctor. See a map of our emergency and urgent care locations.
Possible signs and symptoms of a fracture (broken bone) are:
In order to diagnose a fracture, x-rays are required. Your child’s doctor at Children’s Hospital Colorado will order an x-ray to get a better look at the bone. At Children’s Colorado, we aim to get the x-ray right the first time and with as few films as possible. This helps protect our patients’ long-term health and minimize exposure to radiation.
X-rays at Children’s Colorado are evaluated by a pediatric orthopedist and a pediatric radiologist. These specialists will determine if the bone is broken, the type of fracture and how it will be best treated. There are many different types of fractures in children, making the treatment for each fracture individualized.
Pediatric orthopedists and advanced practice providers at Children’s Hospital Colorado will use several different factors to determine the best treatment for your child’s fracture. These include the age of your child, growth plates, the bone that is broken, and the pattern of the break. Different ways to treat fractures are:
Children's bones and bodies aren't just smaller than adults' – they're physically different and require different medical knowledge and equipment for proper diagnosis and treatment. For example, kids’ bones have growth plates (adults’ do not), which makes pediatric x-rays harder to read.
At Children’s Colorado, our pediatric specialists provide expert fracture management geared specifically to children and young adults. At the Orthopedics Institute and at all of our emergency and urgent-care locations, everyone from the doctor to lab tech specializes in pediatrics. Each location is also directly connected to our main campus in Aurora and has access to a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at all times.