When your child is injured with a bone fracture, it is vital that your son or daughter receive treatment immediately. And you want this emergency care to come from a skilled and experienced pediatric orthopedist who effectively treats the fracture and also understands the emotional impact in the aftermath of a traumatic injury. You will find this expert care and compassion at Pomerado Orthopedic Specialists. Dr. William W. Winternitz, Jr., a San Diego pediatric orthopedist, has over 18 years of experience and teaches in the UC San Diego Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has a subspecialty Board Certification in Sports Medicine. He is also the right choice to make for emergency pediatric fracture care.
It is vital that pediatric fractures are treated as quickly as possible. The earlier your child sees our San Diego pediatric orthopedist, the better his outcome will be. A bone may be completely fractured or partially fractured crosswise, lengthwise, or in multiple pieces. The severity of a fracture depends on the force that caused the break. If the bone’s breaking point has been exceeded only slightly, then the bone may crack rather than break all the way through. If the force is extreme, the bone may shatter. If the bone breaks in such a way that bone fragments stick out through the skin, or a wound penetrates down to the broken bone, the fracture is called an open fracture. This type of fracture is particularly serious because once the skin is broken, infections in both the wound and the bone can occur. Your pediatric orthopedist will examine your child’s fracture to determine what type of break he has. When the broken ends of the bone line up and are barely out of place it is called a stable fracture. In an open, compound fracture, the skin may be pierced by the bone or by a blow that breaks the skin. The bone may or may not be visible in the wound. A transverse fracture has a horizontal fracture line while an oblique fracture has an angled pattern to the break. In a comminuted fracture, the bone shatters in three or more pieces.
Dr. Winternitz, the leading San Diego pediatric orthopedist, will examine your child’s fracture and take an x-ray to determine what type of fracture he has and where it is on the bone. The goals of all forms of treatment of fractures is to put the broken pieces back into position and prevent them from moving out of place until they are healed. In many cases, the doctor will restore parts of a broken bone back to the original position. The technical term for this process is reduction. Over time, broken bone ends heal by knitting back together with new bone being formed around the edge of the broken parts. Immobilizing the injury with a cast or brace is one treatment option, depending upon the type and location of the fracture. However, in some cases, surgery may be necessary. After the injury is healed, your child’s continues with one of our talented physical therapists to help him restore function and strength. When your child suffers a fracture, make us the first and fastest line of defense.