Your Health: Pediatric Fractures
Broken bones are very common in children and adolescents, with nearly half of all boys and a quarter of all girls experiencing a fracture at some point before the age of 16. Many breaks occur in upper extremities, such as the arms and fingers. Dr. Joshua Abzug, chief of pediatric orthopaedics at the University of Maryland Medical Center, will discuss why fractures in children are different from those in adults and what parents should know to ensure that their children’s broken bones receive appropriate medical treatment.
Dr. Abzug, who is deputy surgeon-in-chief of the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, led a recent study that found that more than 90 percent of potential pediatric fractures are splinted improperly in emergency rooms and urgent care centers, leading to possible swelling and skin injuries.