Approximately 30-45% of children with trauma have multiple injuries and at least 1 skeletal fracture. There is a high incidence of fractures in children – resulting from a combination of their smaller bone structure, higher activity levels and a lower awareness of their surroundings or recognition of potentially injurious situation. Peadiatric bone is relatively soft and prone to incomplete fracture.
Examples of life-threatening musculoskeletal injuries include:
- Pelvic crush injuries.
- Traumatic proximal amputations.
- Multiple open or closed fractures.
Injuries to the extremities are usually obviously identified with x-rays and is rarely life threatening. However, the importance of these injuries should never be underestimated as mismanagement could result serious abnormalities. In children, growth plates and un-ossified bones can lead to misdiagnosis and mismanagement. Early diagnosis and appropriate management is important to prevent limb deformity, shortening or stiffness.
Services offered include:
- Conservative and operative management of upper and lower limb fractures with minimally invasive techniques.
- Correction of shortening / deformities secondary to trauma.
- Correction of joint stiffness with soft tissue release and mono-lateral fixator.