Broken Bones & Strains

a young boy with blue sling on broken armOur bones — all 206 of them — are so important and amazing. Bones provide our bodies with structure; and the marrow within most bones is responsible for making red and white blood cells. Adult bones are much different than the bones in kids. 

There are three things that are certain in this life: taxes, death, and your child breaking a bone.

Because kids’ bones are still growing, they are pliable. This is both an advantage and disadvantage in the event of a break.

Children play hard. They run, jump, play sports, and dance. Children also fall. Falling and landing wrong can cause a bone to break, a muscle to strain, or a ligament to twist and tear.

Broken bones are not uncommon. From toddlers on up, some child you know — maybe even yours — is likely to break one. Certain breaks are obvious, and perhaps you’ll see the affected limb with a definite bend to it, an abnormal bump, or even a bone sticking out of the skin. All of these are clear signs that there is indeed a broken bone.

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There are also certain breaks that are not as obvious and, therefore, go untreated because the skin isn’t broken, there is no bend, and there is no bump. If that’s the case, keep reading to learn about the three signs you should look for, if you suspect a broken bone. 

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