Navigation Links
Young Kids With Hip, Thigh Fractures Heal Well With Single-Leg Casts
Date:6/13/2012

WEDNESDAY, June 13 (HealthDay News) -- Children with hip and thigh fractures heal just as well when they have a cast on one leg instead of both legs, a small new study finds.

A single-leg cast offers advantages such as greater comfort and mobility, said the researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore.

It has long been believed that casting both legs and hips was the only way to assure proper healing in young children with hip and thigh fractures.

In this study, the researchers looked at 52 patients, aged 2 to 6, who received either single-leg (24 patients) or double-leg (28 patients) casts. Children in both groups healed equally well without any major complications. Those in single-leg casts, however, had greater comfort and mobility, fit more easily into car seats, got dressed more easily and sat more comfortably in chairs.

The study also found that the parents and caregivers of children with single-leg casts missed an average of eight fewer days of work to provide care.

"The single-leg approach not only appears to be just as effective and safe as double-leg casting in terms of healing, but it also makes the child's life much easier and requires less complicated daily care," senior investigator Dr. Paul Sponseller, director of pediatric orthopedics at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, said in a Hopkins news release.

The study was published online June 13 in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

Surgery is the treatment of choice for hip and thigh fractures in older children, but patients younger than age 6 do better with casting only, the researchers said. The cast immobilizes the hips and thighs so bones or tendons can heal properly.

More information

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more about thigh fractures in children.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, June 12, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards $3.3 million to 8 top young clinical investigators
2. Pediatric kidney expert receives Young Investigator Award from American Transplant Congress
3. ASCO: Younger colon cancer patients have worse prognosis at diagnosis, yet better survival
4. Young investigators recognized for research excellence at Sao Paolo meeting
5. Study evaluates use of inhaled saline for young children with cystic fibrosis
6. Females, Young Athletes Take Longer to Get Over Concussions
7. Fewer Young Americans Smoking, Survey Finds
8. Employment Prospects Dim for Young Adults With Autism
9. Many Young Adults at Risk of Skin Cancer: CDC
10. WSU researches patterns of heavy alcohol use and life commitments in at-risk young adults
11. Female and younger athletes take longer to overcome concussions
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Young Kids With Hip, Thigh Fractures Heal Well With Single-Leg Casts
(Date:5/22/2017)... ... May 22, 2017 , ... OSF Ventures, the corporate investment ... an early stage company in San Francisco that has developed software to individualize ... Innovation Fund acted as the lead investor in the round. , Medicine ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... May 20, 2017 , ... ... ABC Financial Services and financial systems. , Dozens of clubs using ... that are electronically processed through GetLinked into their club’s accounting system , The ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... May 21, 2017 , ... ... together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars, policymakers, and activists wanting to address equity ... Equity is the third book from a recent series of from this ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... ... Following the tragic and widely publicized death of Rory Staunton, 12, from ... follow a protocol to quickly identify and treat the condition. , The mandate ... have saved Rory or anyone else’s life. , Now, five years after the ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... NC (PRWEB) , ... May 19, 2017 , ... ... the Charlotte health community, Queens University of Charlotte recently began recruitment efforts for ... program’s curriculum arms students with the skills, knowledge and expertise to approach and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2017)... , May 4, 2017  DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: ... health and big data solutions, today announced that it ... Company, and STI Technologies Limited to lower diabetes healthcare ... Through STI,s innoviCares card, which is available throughout all ... DarioHealth customers will be eligible for additional savings when ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... 2017   BioLife Solutions , Inc. (NASDAQ: ... of proprietary clinical grade hypothermic storage and ... today announced that the Company,s first quarter 2017 financial ... May 11, 2017, and that the Company will host ... PT that afternoon. Management will provide an overview of ...
(Date:5/3/2017)... , May 3, 2017  Kalorama Information notes ... nine percent next year and this is projected ... hematopoietic stem cell (HSCT) or bone marrow transplants ... technologies are well-suited for this task. This according ... publisher Kalorama Information. The various PCR-based methodologies, Sanger ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: