Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
An open fracture is an emergency.
This is when the bone breaks through the skin. Or when the skin has a deep wound that
exposes the bone. Call 911 or your local emergency number to get medical help right
The goal of treatment is to control the pain, help the bone heal, and prevent complications so your child can use the fractured area again normally. Treatment may include:
Splint or cast. This keeps the broken bone in place while
Medicine. Certain medicines can help ease pain.
Traction. This treatment gently stretches the muscles and
tendons around the broken bone to allow the bone ends to align and heal. It uses
pulleys, strings, weights, and a metal frame attached over or on the bed.
Surgery. Your child may need surgery to put certain types
of broken bones back into place. Sometimes the surgeon puts metal rods or pins inside
the bone or outside the body to hold the bone pieces in place. This helps them heal
in the correct position.