How it is treated depends on whether the injury is mild or severe. Options may be:
Initial care may be:
Ice to ease pain and swelling
Medicine to ease pain
A splint, brace, cast, or sling to keep the bones of the arm in place as it heals
Exercises to help with strength and motion
Children's bones have growth plates that let bones grow and harden with age. A child with this type of fracture will need to be checked over time to make sure the bone heals the right way and keeps growing.
Putting Bones Back In Place
Some fractures cause pieces of bone to come apart. These pieces will need to be put back into place. This may be done:
Without surgery—anesthesia will be used to ease pain while the doctor moves the pieces back into place
With surgery—pins, screws, plates, or wires may be used to reconnect the pieces and hold them in place
Most fractures are due to accidents. Healthy bones and muscles may prevent injury. This may be done through diet and exercise.
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