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Paediatric fractures

If your child has fractured a limb, our orthopaedic and paediatric experts can help diagnose and treat them

About

Fractures (broken bones) can be very common in children. Their bones are softer and not as fully formed as adults. As a result, there are a number of different types of fracture a child may have. Our paediatric orthopaedics can identify your child's injury and treat them accordingly.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of paediatric fractures icon plus

    Symptoms your child may show if they have fractured a bone include:

    • if a limb, wrist or finger is clearly not in normal alignment
    • severe bruising/swelling around possible fracture area
    • ongoing pain in the above areas
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your child's consultant will discuss their symptoms with you to help make a diagnosis. They will firstly carry out a physical examination. An X-ray will then help determine whether or not a fracture has taken place.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your child's consultant will discuss their treatment options with you. 

    • Closed reduction; a non-surgical procedure to reset the bone.
    • For a finger fracture, after closed reduction a temporary splint or 'buddy' can then hold the bone in place.
    • After closed reduction for a fracture of the arm or wrist, a plaster cast will protect and help the injury heal.
    • In some cases surgery may be required. This is known as internal fixation. The use of pins, screws or a metal plate might be inserted to keep the bone in place whilst it heals.

Types of paediatric fractures

Buckle fracture

The bone bends slightly rather than a full break

Greenstick fracture

The bone breaks on one side only

Spiral fracture

An injury that occurs from twisting limbs

Growth plate

Fractures that take place wherever one bone joins another

Avulsion fracture

Chipped bone pulled away by a tendon or ligament
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Childrens enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • Institute of Sport Exercise and Health Facility

    Institute of Sport Exercise and Health

    170 Tottenham Court Road

    London

    W1T 7HA

    Call 020 3447 2800
    [Mon | Weds | Fri] 8am - 6pm
    [Tues | Thurs] 8am - 8pm

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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