A fracture is a crack or break in a bone. When a bone is broken, it may be just a bend or small crack in the bone, or the bone may break into pieces or shatter. Some fractures may stick out through the skin.
The pain and damage may make it hard or impossible to use the part of the body that is injured. The broken pieces must be put back into the correct place and protected until healing is complete.
The different types of fractures include:
The treatment of a fracture depends on the type and location of the fracture.
Some fractures need only rest, ice, and possibly a brace, boot, splint, or cast to hold the pieces of broken bone in place and keep the bone from moving while it heals.
If your child has an open wound with the fracture, he may need treatment to control bleeding or prevent infection.
If the broken bone is crooked, your child’s healthcare provider will straighten the bone by moving the pieces of bone back into their proper places. There are different ways this may be done.
Your child may need to do exercises recommended by his healthcare provider during and after healing to make the muscles and joints strong and flexible again.