Why broken bones in kids and teens need special treatment

Why broken bones in kids and teens need special treatment

Since kids are still growing, special care needs to be taken.

Summer means kids of all ages are out riding bikes and scooters and bouncing on trampolines. But warm weather also brings injuries, and that often means broken bones.

If your child falls or is injured, it’s important to understand that treating broken bones in kids is different. Their bones are more flexible, so when they break, the fracture patterns aren’t the same as you’d see in an adult’s bones.

The right treatment for kids depends on the location and type of break. Some breaks will heal well with limited care, but others will need surgery to heal …Click here to continue reading

Break dancing after a spinal fusion: Jadyn hasn’t slowed down one bit

Break dancing after a spinal fusion: Jayden hasn't slowed down one bit

Jadyn enjoys hip-hop and break dancing.

I’ve been an orthopedic surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for a long time. Our Orthopedics team is a very dedicated group, and we make every effort to make each patient comfortable, from kids with broken bones to patients who need complex surgeries.

Jadyn, age 13, is a great example of one of these complex cases. She had quickly progressing scoliosis, and her curve was too large for a brace. We had to prepare …Click here to continue reading

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 …Click here to continue reading