Braces and splints (also known as orthotics) can help prevent fractures and provide support. If your child fractures a bone, a lightweight cast or splint supports the limb while it heals. Because minor trauma causes many fractures, the period of immobilization is brief—often two to four weeks—to reduce further bone loss that could occur with prolonged immobilization.
Surgery can help to manage recurring fractures, bowed bones and sideways curvature of the spine (also known as scoliosis ).
If your child needs orthopedic surgery, telescoping rods are implanted to support the long bones of the arms and legs.
- Rods placed are within the canal of the bone to help stabilize fractures and realign deformed bones.
- Rods are preferred to plates and screws, which can cause fragile bones to break.
- Telescoping rods elongate within the bone as your child grows, requiring replacement less often than solid rods.