Broken bones are like real estate: It’s all about location

Our warm weather is bringing everyone out of hibernation. Kids in our neighborhood are riding bikes and scooters, and it’s great to hear the squeak of our neighbors’ trampolines again. But warmer weather also brings injuries, and that often means broken bones.

It’s important to understand that broken bones are like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. As an orthopedic surgeon, I always try to reassure parents. Care and treatment really depend on where the break is, as well as the child’s age and activities.

Kids don’t always need casts. Broken bones don’t automatically mean you’re sidelined from all activities, or your spring break plans are ruined. We can tailor the treatment based on your child’s activity level. Sometimes a splint really does the job. Surgery usually is for the most severe situations. With a few modifications, your family will be back in action.

If you think your child has a broken bone, stay calm. If it really seems bad and your child is in pain, come straight to our emergency room. At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we know kids. We’ll do everything we can to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible—no matter how young or old he or she is!

When regular doctor’s offices are closed, the emergency room really is the place to go. But what if your child just seems to have swelling and minor pain? Call Central Scheduling at Children’s at (414) 607-5280. Our Orthopedics Clinic has special time set aside every weekday for more urgent cases like broken bones. We’ll get you in fast. Confused about what to do? Call our Orthopedics Nurseline during weekday hours at (414) 266-2411. A pediatric orthopedic nurse will help get your questions and concerns addressed quickly.

So put on your helmets and hop on your bicycles. Enjoy the warm weather. We’re always here if you need us.

Roger Lyon, MD~ Roger Lyon, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Dr. Lyon and the physicians and staff in the Orthopedic Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin provide state-of-the-art treatment for everyday and difficult or rare pediatric orthopedic problems.

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