How are fractures treated in kids?
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:
- Casts or splints
- Closed reduction with casting/splinting: Pain and sedation medication is used to keep your child comfortable while a pediatric orthopedic provider manipulates the bones to get them in better alignment without surgery.
- Surgery: There are many surgeries unique to each type of fracture. Often the bone requires hardware to keep it stable and allow for healing. If your child requires surgery, an orthopedic surgeon will determine and explain the best surgical options.
Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s broken bone?
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.