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Date:8/13/2009

oid or use extreme caution during high-risk activities, including trampoline use in the home and riding all-terrain vehicles.

"For many children, rapid access to pediatric orthopaedic specialists makes the difference between a childhood accident or a debilitating injury with lifetime consequences," said Silva. "Because children's bones heal fast and should be treated differently than an adult's, a fracture not seen within days of occurring will start to heal, aligned or not, which can cause problems including deformity, pain, and arthritis down the road. But if a fracture is treated promptly and correctly, many complications can be avoided and the child is more likely to have a healthy recovery," said Silva.

The most common types of fractures seen in children at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital are elbow, ankle and forearm.

If a child falls or has an accident, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital doctors recommend the following:

  1. Look for areas of swelling and/or deformity.
  2. Elevate the extremity, apply ice, and seek medical attention if there is swelling and/or deformity.
  3. Cleanse deep abrasions with soap and water.
  4. Seek medical attention for deep abrasions/lacerations or if the surrounding skin becomes red and warm.
  5. Seek medical attention if the child cannot stand or walk on an injured extremity.
  6. Take any symptoms of headache seriously and seek medical attention.

If a parent suspects a possible fracture, seek emergency medical care. Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital's urgent care treats pediatric fracture patients right away, regardless of insurance. Immediate attention helps avoid the possible need for surgery or a potential deformity if a broken bone is left untreated.

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