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Health Information For Kids
A broken bone, also called a fracture (say: FRAK-shur), is when a break goes through part or all of a bone.
Most broken bones in kids happen from a fall. Kids also can break a bone in an accident or while playing sports.
Types of bone fractures include:
It always hurts to break a bone. There also might be swelling and bruising. The injured area may be hard to move and use.
Sometimes the body part looks crooked or different than it did before the injury.
Doctors order X-rays if they think a bone is broken.
Most broken bones are treated with a cast, splint, or brace. This keeps the broken bone from moving while it heals. Even broken bones that don’t line up (called displaced) often will heal straight over time.
Sometimes the displaced bones need to be put back in place before the cast, splint, or brace is put on. This is done through a procedure called a reduction. This is also called “setting the bone.”
In the first few days after a fracture, the body forms a blood clot around the broken bone to protect it and deliver the cells needed for healing.
Then, an area of healing tissue forms around the broken bone. This is called a callus (say: KAL-uss). It joins the broken bones together. It’s soft at first, then gets harder and stronger over the following weeks.
New bone forms in the weeks to months after a break, but full healing can take longer.
To help your bone heal well:
With the right treatment, a broken bone usually heals well. After a few months, you will be back to doing all the things you did before the injury.
Broken bones have an amazing ability to heal, especially in kids. Here’s how.
Some injuries will heal best if a cast is used. Find out how they work and how to take care of them in this article for kids.
A splint is a support device that keeps an injured area from moving. Doctors often use splints to hold bones and joints in place so they can heal after a break.
You’ll get an X-ray if your doctor thinks you might have a broken bone. Find out how X-rays are done in this video for kids.
Watch a movie about your bones.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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