Sep 13, 2016 / Fractures
Wrist Complaints You Shouldn’t Ignore – Fracture Clinic Tips
Many fractures occur when a child falls on an outstretched hand. We described buckle fractures in young children in a previous article, but we want to share with you another possible injury from this kind of fall.
A small bone in the wrist called the scaphoid is sensitive to injury because of its position in the wrist. In older children and teens, this bone may be injured if the hand is turned slightly inward during a fall.
Ray Kleposki, our Fracture Clinic specialist, says, “In most cases, early X-rays of the wrist may not show a fracture in the scaphoid. A detailed physical exam of the bones of the wrist is important to evaluate for a small fracture. If the provider has a concern for a scaphoid fracture, or if the wrist pain has not gotten better in more than a week, we recommend a specialized X-ray series to evaluate for a scaphoid fracture or other diagnosis.” Since children’s bones tend to heal faster than adults’, early intervention is important and can help to prevent future complications.
We don’t want to see kids hurting. If a seemingly minor injury continues to bother a child after a few days, it is best to get it checked out by a pediatric orthopedic specialist.
Bumps and bruises are a normal part of kids being kids! However, if your child breaks a bone, you may call our Fracture Clinic directly at 469-515-7200. To learn more about our Fracture Clinic visit our Fractures page.