The number of play accidents and injuries increases with the arrival of the summer holidays and children starting to spend more time outdoors. Bicycle accidents, falling from a wall or tree, and car accidents are among the top causes of children's injuries outside the world.
Acibadem Maslak Hospital Orthopedics and Traumatology doctors Assoc. Levent Eralp gave detailed information on the subject:
Injuries can lead to shortness or curvature of the limb!
An important part of the pediatric injuries that occur during summer months is bone and joint injuries. There are significant differences between pediatric fractures and adult fractures. The most important of these, 'growth cartilage', which is called the region of the bone is the injury of the elongation. Injuries in these areas, if treated late or inappropriately, cause shortness and / or curvature of the limb in subsequent years.
Growth cartilage injuries are not life-threatening injuries; but it is very important for the child to have healthy limbs in the future. If the surgical cartilage is not repaired correctly, the leg may remain both short and angled, not straight. More importantly, as the child will continue to grow in length, the amount of shortness and curvature increases until the bone completes its growth. Considering that the growth will continue until the age of 17-18, both the shortness and the curvature continue to increase for a long time as the children in the 8-10 age group have a growth potential of 8-10 years in front of them. For this reason, bone injuries of children should be evaluated by people who have experience in this area and their treatment should be done immediately.
The current treatment method for many children fractures is to restore the fracture fragments as if there were no injuries under an X-ray device called 'scopy' without the opening of the fracture site and to fix the fracture site with the help of wires or screws. In other words, only 4-5 small holes are left in the patient's body after surgery.
Children Heal Better With Adults Ratio!
Depending on the type of bone, the healing time varies between 4 and 8 weeks. While wrist fracture heals in 4 weeks, hip fracture heals in 6-8 weeks.
Because children have more adaptability both mentally and physically than adults, treatment times are shorter. Because all the tissues of children are very elastic, joint stiffness does not develop easily like plaster in adults. Therefore, if the plaster is to be made after the treatment, they get used to the plaster very quickly and they adapt very quickly during the transition period to life after the plaster is removed. Accordingly, the duration of physical therapy of children is much shorter.