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Should a toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Yes. Must of the time yes, however depend upon where the fx is, the particular bone involved and the characteristic of the fx.It varies from a simple splint to a full arm cast. Read more...
Depends. The fracture label can be applied to a torus fracture, which is like a dent in a bear can & doesn't have any instability at all. If anything these are sometimes put in a splint more to remind the kid s/he is injured until it heals. Casting may be delayed until swelling subsides, so it can work better. It's primary role is providing a stable protected positioning. Not all fractures need it. Read more...

Hey docs, should toddler's arm fracture be in a cast?

Varies. Some fractures in toddlers are little more than a dent in the bone, like a dent in a can.It is stable and is often just places in a soft splint. Others might require quite an elaborate cast. It all varies with the type and location of the injury. Read more...

How is an arm fracture typically treated?

Depends. I'm not exactly sure what portion of the arm that you really are referring to. Some fractures of the shoulder or the humerus require surgery, yet many do not. Many fractures, if not most, of the forearm, require surgery to preserve your range of motion after the fracture heals. So obviously the treatment recommendation depends on the type of fracture and its location. Read more...
Depends. Depends on where in the arm it is and how bad it is and on the individual patient. Read more...

Why did peds recommend immediate help for my child for arm fracture if the orthopod wont come in?

Because fractures. Need to be dealt with promptly. Depending on the fracture, often the fracture will be splinted in the er with advice to follow with the orthopod, or perhaps it could be set by the orthopod at a more convenient time. There are occasions when the doctor needs to show up asap and if he/she won't then it is time to call in another, but that's no typical. Read more...
Temporary bracing. Some peds offices are not set up to make the temporary splints used after a fracture. The swelling around the site will often prevent a good fit for any cast.Within a few days the swelling goes down & the cast would be too loose. A temporary splint, employing one hard side, padding & often ace wraps is applied by er techs & the kid seen in the ortho office in 3-5 days for the long term cast. Read more...

If my child has a possible wrist or arm fracture, when must I take him to er?

??signs?? Kids capable of waking off an injury will, they are more interested in playing & seldom stop unless something really hurts. If no obvious deformity or discoloration of the skin, you might watch it for a while & place a cool compress to help the pain & reduce the swelling. Do this only if the kid can make a fist & extend it & roll the hand back & forth. If not, get it checked now. Read more...

What are the tests for arm fracture?

Radiologic. Diagnosis of arm fracture starts with plain spine x-rays. If DX is uncertain or suspicious for pathologic fx (bone infiltrated by tumor of any kind, including malignancies), then further imaging is required, such as ct, mri, bone scan, pet scan. These decisions must be made by the diagnostician involved. Read more...