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Fracture complications

Fracture complications

Fracture complications

Fractures of the bones are common and require proper treatment through casting, splints, bracing and sometimes surgery. In some cases, complications may arise as a result of the fracture. These complications may include:

  • Infection
  • Curved or crooked bones from fractures that were set incorrectly

Signs of a fracture complication

Outward signs of fracture complications may not always be easy to see. General signs of an infected bone may include:

  • Bone pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness and warmth at or near the fracture site

Bones that have been set incorrectly usually result in a crooked limb or one that does not move easily.

Evaluation and treatment of a fracture complication

Some of our treatments offered include:

Surgery – Depending on the severity of your child’s fracture complication, surgery may be needed to remove infected tissue or to insert corrective hardware to help straighten and/or support the bone or joint.

Recasting – Casts are one of the most common treatments for mending a fractured bone. In cases of infected or crooked bones, the bone may need to be rebroken and have a new cast put in place to facilitate healing.