Dr. Andrea Matich is a doctor, specializing in Sports Medicine at the Center of Oorthopedic and Rehabilitation Excellence (CORE) and helps point out some warning signs and treatment.
There are no quick easy answers for some situations. Even an experienced doctor can guess wrong in the absence of an x-ray or further tests. But there are still some signs to watch for.
5 Telltale Signs Your Kid May Have Broken a Bone
• You or your child heard a snap or a grinding noise during the injury.
• There’s swelling, bruising, or tenderness around the injured part. This normally is a very fast swelling (30 mins.) in a specific area.
• It’s painful for your child to bear weight on the injury, touch it, press on it, or move it. Even if your child is too young to communicate, you might notice that they avoid using the sore body part.
• The injured part looks deformed. In severe breaks, the broken bone may be poking through the skin.
• There is a very specific area of pain. If apply pressure and there isn’t much pain except in a small, localized area, it could be a more serious sign. If there is pain throughout the whole area, it could be a safer sign.
What Do I Do?
For Less Serious Injuries
Create a cold compress or use an ice pack
Elevate above the heart
Compression with an ace bandage or splint
Seek medical care and don’t allow your kid to eat if surgery is needed
For Serious Injuries—Call for Emergency Care Immediately
Any injury related to the neck or back
If bone is coming through the skin, do not move
Dr. Andrea Matich is accepting new patients at the Center of Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Excellence in West Jordan, UT. Visit www.COREmds.com or call 801-568-3480 for more information or to make an appointment today.
Center of Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Excellence (CORE)
3584 West 9000 South, Suite 405
West Jordan, UT 84088