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Fractures

Questions to Ask Your Child’s Care Provider

Here are a few additional questions to consider asking your child’s care provider about fracture treatment and recovery.

Questions About Treatment

  • What happens during these treatments?
  • What are the risks of each treatment? What are the benefits?
  • Which treatment do you recommend, and why?
  • Will my child need surgery?
  • What will happen during surgery, and what happens immediately afterward?
  • How soon can my child come home after surgery?

 

Questions About Casts

  • How long will my child need to be in a cast or brace?
  • Will my child need a sling, or a wheelchair, crutches, or walker?
  • Do you have any tips on cast care?
  • How can I help my child relieve itching caused by the cast?

 

Questions About the Recovery Process

  • What are the best options for pain management during my child’s recovery?
  • How long will it take for the fracture to heal completely?
  • How often will my child need to return for follow-up visits during and after recovery?
  • What about managing pain and discomfort?
  • What can I do at home to aid in my child’s recovery?
  • Are there any activities my child should avoid while recovering?
  • When can my child return to sports and normal activities?
  • Do you have any advice about how I can help my child go back to school with a cast?