Managing Pediatric Fractures
Broken bones are never fun. When it involves the lower extremity it is also a big inconvenience. The difficulty of managing fractures varies on the type of injury, number of bones involved, displacement of the fracture fragments, involvement of a joint, and in pediatric patients the involvement of growth plates. When growth plates are damaged this can lead to premature closure of a growth plate. Resulting in limb length discrepancy and potential need for future surgery. If a fracture is displaced, early Open Reduction Internal Fixation (surgical correction) of a fracture is necessary.