Upper Extremity Fractures

Children break bones more easily than adults - so pediatric fractures are very common. There are several unique features of the pediatric musculoskeletal system that need to be considered in management decisions of all of these injuries - growth plates, plasticity, callus formation, remodeling potential, and partial breaks are some of the key ones. Recognition and appropriate management of pediatric fractures by ED providers is critical. While some common minor wrist and ankle fractures can be treated with a less conservative approach encouraging an early return to activities, other fractures if not treated properly can result in long term functional problems for the child and/or be a sign of child maltreatment.



Bottom Line Recommendations

Bottom Line Recommendations: Fractures


Boutis K, Camp M & TREKK Network

The purpose of this document is to provide healthcare professionals with key facts and recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of fractures in children. Original (version 1.0) published online: November 2015. Updated (version 2.0) published online: February 2018.

Recommandations de Base: Fractures chez l'enfant


Boutis, K & TREKK Network

Recommandations de base pour le diagnostic et le traitement des fractures chez les enfants. Original (version 1.0) publié en ligne en décembre 2016. Mise à jour (version 2.0) publiée en ligne février 2018.